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Build your self-esteem for lasting love and happiness

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Carol Zuniga, MS, LLP, CEO of Hegira Health, Inc.

February 2023

As we roll into February, it’s impossible to miss the heart-shaped cards and red boxes of chocolates that remind us Valentine’s Day is around the corner.

As we don our red sweaters and hang our cupids in our windows, it’s a time that we focus on relationships and romantic love. It is less known that February is also International Boost Self-Esteem Month, when people across the globe focus on the importance of self-esteem. The alignment of the two events makes February the ideal time to explore the importance that self-esteem plays in our abilities to develop and engage in healthy, fulfilling relationships.

You may have low self-esteem if

  • You frequently engage in negative self-talk, reject compliments from others and belittle yourself, outwardly or in your thoughts.

  • You are harsh in your comparison of yourself to others and cannot say how you contribute or are a positive addition to the people or activities around you.

  • You frequently choose doing something for someone else that hurts or diminishes you.

  • You hesitate to speak your thoughts because you don’t believe that your ideas have value to others.

  • You have a frequent need to prove yourself and may engage in activities that you would otherwise not do to prove to others your importance.

  • Fear of making a mistake or failure, stops you from doing things that you really want to do.

  • You accept when others hurt you because you don’t deserve better.

  • Fears that you are not worthy of or that others will hurt you stops you from starting new relationships.


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About the author

Carol Zuniga, MS, LLP, CEO of Hegira Health, Inc. is a licensed psychologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Hegira Health, Inc., is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare services with clinic locations in Western Wayne and the Downriver communities. Visit

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