Self-esteem is a word that is thrown around in today’s society, without ever being clearly defined. Many erroneously believe that good self-esteem equals being selfish or boastful. However, it is very different. Self-esteem is celebrating your strengths and positives, and being aware of, but not defined, by your weaknesses. It is realizing that you are not “perfect” yet just like every other human being, you do have good attributes. It is choosing to highlight those and use what you have to compensate for what is challenging. So many of us choose to live only with our negative realities, which serves to undermine our sense of being “worthy” of putting ourselves first and being grateful for who we are and what we have. Some bariatric patients believe that self-esteem is equal to weight or size. Those same individuals are extremely disappointed when they hit their goal weight, only to discover they do not suddenly feel “beautiful” or “happy” as they believed they would. Negative eating habits may reemerge and undermine maintenance of your new, healthy weight. Therefore, it is very important to understand your own “balance” of self-esteem, and how you can improve how you view yourself before, during, and following bariatric surgery.
Participants will be able to:
- Define self-esteem.
- Identify spoken or unspoken messages throughout life that created your belief of your positive and negative aspects.
- Discuss ways to engage in positive self-talk.