By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Self-esteem not only impacts how you feel about yourself, but also in your relationship with others. When self-esteem is running high, life seems to fall right into place both in your personal and professional life. When your self-esteem tank is running low, it creates the exact opposite. This is why having low self-esteem can be such a serious problem.

Comes and goes. At times we all struggle with our self esteem. The past few years have taken its toll on many peoples self-esteem. Covid, political divisions, crime, economy, war etc are a few significant events that have occurred in a short amount of time. Many people I know state the uncertainty of their future. Many have become recluse, relying on social media for information and approval seeking messages. This is affecting our mental health even more.

As Oprah Winfrey quite rightly says; “Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgment of others.”


February is known as “National Self Esteem Month.” So, there’s not a better time to refuel our self- esteem and hit 2023 with a full tank of self-esteem.

Some really easy ways to boost your self-esteem could include:

STOP criticizing yourself

STOP comparing yourself!

START practicing gratitude

START moving – we all know the benefits even a little bit of exercise can bring.

So, starting now, why not invest some time into boosting your self-esteem and finding small ways in your life to encourage yourself. There is loads of information available about this awareness month so why not start RIGHT NOW and tank up!

The Mayo Clinic provides these steps to feel better about yourself and how to harness the power of your thoughts and beliefs to raise your self-esteem

If you are really struggling with self-esteem issues, please, contact a professional or confide in a friend or family member who can support you.