Self-esteem is how an individual sees themselves. Some people have high self-esteem and live life with a positive outlook. Their confidence and determination may help them realize their ambitions. Some people may have low self-esteem and can often wallow in self-doubt. They’re too absorbed in their weaknesses that they fail to recognize their strengths.
It is not uncommon for someone with ADHD to have low self-esteem. The symptoms brought by this condition may have a negative impact on a person’s life. The inability to focus on tasks often results in poor performance. Their forgetful nature decreases their productivity. Having too little accomplishments may lead them to think they’re a failure.
Many with ADHD lack social skills. Their tendency to act first without thinking makes them disruptive. Other people might dismiss them as egotistic or selfish. Because of these behaviors, keeping friends or maintaining relationships becomes a challenge. They may end up having a sense of abandonment.
How to Improve Self-Esteem
There are mental exercises that can help improve self-esteem. You can do these on your own or with the help of someone. These
1. Know your limits
Do not take on a project too large for you to handle. Avoid committing to a job unless you’re sure you can do it. It’s important that you complete the tasks without getting too stressed. With a manageable workload, you will have a better chance of reaching a goal. If that’s the case, you won’t feel like you’ve failed in the end.
2. Not Perfection But Completion
Often those with ADHD have the tendency to make things perfect. Your aim for perfection can often cause delays in completing projects and making progress. Don’t stress yourself too much when working on a project. Focus on finishing a task. If you can’t finish it perfectly, take a break and come back with fresh eyes.
3. Avoid Procrastination
Many people forget things but it’s common for forgetfulness to be a part of everyday life for someone with ADHD. If you are working on a task, aim to finish it right away rather than delaying it. You might forit later on.
4. Embrace Challenge
Do not let the difficulty of a situation discourage you. It is common for people with ADHD to struggle with motivation. Not all jobs are easy. Remember that it’s likely that other people are also struggling with challenging problems that often don’t have ADHD.
5. Not Better, Just Different
It can be easy to compare yourself to others but comparing yourself to “normal people” can be damaging to your self-worth. When you tell yourself that someone is better than you this means you are judging. Judging is an unhealthy way mindset as we really don’t know what others are going through.