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Building a Circle of Support

Having support from others is vital to having a high self esteem and by building a good support circle you can improve both your mental and physical health. Here are some ways to build that support network:
  • Work to improve existing relationships. People with low self-esteem often give a lot without asking for anything in return. They often judge themselves by other's standards. It is important that others show love and acceptance toward you, give you credit for what you do and respect you. One way to help improve relationships is to be assertive and not be taken advantage of by others.

  • Try making new friends. Think about whether you might benefit from having a wider circle of support. You might try meeting others with similar interests, for example, by taking a class or through a community or religious organization. You might try joining or starting a support group that will focus on self-growth.

  • Avoid people who don't respect you. You don't need to be friends with everyone. Avoid people who don't listen to you or who take advantage of you. You deserve friends who are willing to give you the same respect you show to them.

  • Ask others to help you improve your self-esteem. Think of friends, family members and others from different areas of your life whom you feel could be helpful. Ask them to encourage and support your efforts. Share your list of good things you'd like to do for yourself and ask them to participate with you. Talk about skills you'd like to improve and ask them to help you track your progress and offer encouragement. Ask them to help you recognize times when you put yourself down or don't act assertively.

  • Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It shows you care enough about yourself to want to make a change for the better.


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Contact Us

Mental health America of Jackson County
P.O. Box 51
Seymour, IN 47274
Phone: (812) 522-3480
Fax: (812) 524-8176
E-mail: mhajc@cabjackson.org