It means that you are fearing what others are thinking about you. People with high self-esteem know that they are unique, that there is no way they could be compared to anybody else. Your uniqueness expresses itself also in the certainty that nobody outside yourself can really know who you are. It doesn’t matter to them what others think about them.
Stress is one of the factors in life that can push us off balance. Sometimes we have no control over the stress in our life, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, an illness or other external problems. But often our stress is self-created.
One of the many stresses of modern life is envy. Another is fear.
These two causes of stress are “self-made” because we are the ones who allow feelings of envy and fear into our life. This means the responsibility is on us to change these feelings and eliminate the causes of this stress.
When we integrate esteem in our lives we realize the destructive consequences of stress. Living esteem makes us want to live the opposite of envy and fear – emotional open-mindedness and courage.
Esteem helps us to recognize stress and to learn how to handle it in a healthy way. At the same time esteem helps us to prevent stress by avoiding destructive habits.