The Media and its Effects on Your Self-Esteem

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Today, the media is a source of information and entertainment for almost everyone. Whether it’s traditional media such as newspapers or social media sites, there are an overwhelming number of mediums available to us. But do they have any impact on our self-esteem? Media has the power to influence our thoughts and actions but not always positively. This article explores the impact that media has on your self-esteem.

Introduction to Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. It’s how valuable and important you feel about yourself. It’s the result of how you think, act, and feel about yourself. There are many factors that can affect your self-esteem. These include your relationships, exercise, diet, work, and other aspects of your life. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react to it. How you respond to life’s ups and downs has a lot to do with your self-esteem.

How the Media Can Impact Your Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a highly personal thing. Typically, the media is used to shape our thoughts about ourselves and others. So, for example, if you watch a movie that depicts a character you relate to as being beautiful, then you are more likely to consider yourself beautiful. Conversely, if you watch a movie that depicts a character you relate to as being dumb, then you are more likely to consider yourself dumb, too. Because self-esteem is highly personal, however, the way you respond to media exposure varies from person to person. 

The Good Side of Media

  • Pop culture. Pop culture often depicts youth, beauty, and intelligence as being highly valued traits in the characters it presents. As such, it can boost the self-esteem of people who value those traits. 
  • Media that makes you laugh. Comedy can be a great stress-reliever, and it can help you feel less alone when you’re going through a tough time. 
  • Media that makes you cry. While you might think that watching a sad movie is going to make you feel sad, it can actually boost your self-esteem. When you cry during a movie, it’s often because it makes you feel connected to the characters in the film.

The Bad Side of Media

  • Extremely attractive celebrities. While it might boost your self-esteem to see a beautiful person, it can have an opposite effect on people who don’t feel as attractive.
  • Media that depicts violence. Some people might find violence in the media boosts self-esteem if they feel it makes them stronger, but it can have a negative effect on others. 
  • Media that depicts sexual content. While some people might find sexual content in the media boosts their self-esteem, it can have the opposite effect on others.
  • Media that depicts other negative or dangerous aspects 

Strategies to Protect Your Self-Esteem From Media Exposure

Having a solid self-esteem is essential to your general well-being. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you are less likely to pursue the things in life that make you happy. This, in turn, can lead to depression or general unhappiness. To protect your self-esteem from media exposure: 

  • Keep a diary. Journaling is a great way to process your thoughts and feelings. It allows you to release pressure and frustration and is a healthy way to process emotions. 
  • Exercise regularly. Exercising helps you relieve stress and anxiety, and boosts your general mood. 
  • Eat well and get enough sleep. While you don’t want to obsess over what you eat, eating well regularly can help boost your mood and make you feel more confident.
  • Spend time with friends and loved ones. Humans are social creatures, and feeling close with those around you can help boost your self-esteem. 
  • Try to focus on the positive. It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking negatively, but you can train yourself to think positively. This can help you boost your self-esteem.

Your self-esteem is something you have to take care of every day. It is something that requires attention and nurturing if you want it to grow. The media has the potential to boost your self-esteem, but it can also have a negative impact on your feelings about yourself. Be sure to protect your self-esteem by choosing positive media that makes you feel good about yourself!

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