Self-esteem is all about how much you feel you are worth — and how much you feel other people value you. Self-esteem is important because feeling good about yourself can affect your mental health and how you behave.

People with high self-esteem know themselves well. They're realistic and find friends that like and appreciate them for who they are. People with high self-esteem usually feel more in control of their lives and know their own strengths and weaknesses. Body image is how you view your physical self — including whether you feel you are attractive and whether others like your looks. For many people, especially people in their early teens, body image can be closely linked to self-esteem.

Maryam ShahMaryam Shah has completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Foundation University. She has also done Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Fauji Foundation University. Her research work includes Impact of body image on self esteem of adolescence and another research was on Perception of society from an eye of an addict. She had the experience of working as Fauji Foundation Hospital Rwp, Benazir Bhutto Hospital as a psychologist. She also serves as a trainee at Army Special Education Academy. She also worked in Foundation University Rawalpindi campus to further sharpen her skills as a Psychotherapist.

Editor: Samreen Masud

Body image is both the mental picture that you have of your body, and how you perceive yourself when you look at a mirror. Self-esteem is how you value and respect yourself as a person – it is the “real” opinion that you have of yourself. Self-esteem impacts how you take care of yourself, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Body image and self esteem also directly influence one another – if you hate your body, it’s not easy to feel good about yourself.



When you have healthy body image, you feel comfortable about your body and you know how to take care of yourself.

If your body is healthy, you are able to listen to what it needs. This means that you and your body are not too irritable, tired or depressed, too easily frustrated, too anxious or angry, and you have enough energy to spend time with your friends and family, participate in sports and other activities that you enjoy, and concentrate on school or work. People with good self-esteem often have positive and confident thoughts and feelings about their body. Having a healthy body image means recognizing the individual qualities and strengths that make you feel good about yourself beyond weight appearance, and resisting the pressure to strive for the myth of the "perfect" body that you see in advertisements and in the media.