How To Improve Low Self-Esteem

Posted 07 March

Low Self-Esteem Makes Life Difficult

Low self-esteem opens the mental and emotional door for anxiety, depression, a lack of joy, social issues and so on, to become a part of one’s life. To put it in the most simple terms: low self-esteem makes life difficult. So how do we improve low self-esteem?

People suffering from low self-esteem will typically not place significance on the positive events in their life, such as compliments, doing well, making someone happy, seeing something beautiful, travelling and enjoying. This occurs because the brain is stuck in negative, non-productive patterns.

On the other side of that coin, low self-esteem sufferers are likely to dwell on anything they perceive as harmful or embarrassing or on something perceived as a failure. This habit results in minor negative occurrences, becoming overwhelming thoughts and an ingrained belief system.

(Have you ever noticed, as a person with low self-esteem or anxiety, that thoughts, fears and worries tend to play on an almost endless loop inside your mind?)

Typical Signs of Low Self-Esteem Can Include:

  • Unwillingness to socialise with friends and family (withdrawing from support)
  • Finding it challenging to try new things
  • Unable to believe that compliments are genuine
  • Anxiety aanddepression
  • Overindulging in food, alcohol and drugs
  • Making jokes about oneself
  • Feeling nervous
  • A high rate of days off work or school


Low self-esteem can occur for many reasons, but the mechanics of it tend to start in childhood. It can be due to one event, such as embarrassment in a social situation, ongoing circumstances, such as academic struggles, or traumatic events, such as bullying or unstable home life. The cause can also be completely unknown. Even though the reasons vary, the result is the same – low self-esteem makes life difficult. It puts joy out of reach often, and it can impact the ability and willingness to engage fully with the world.

What To Do About Low Self-Esteem?


Low self-esteem doesn’t have to be a life sentence; it can be improved dramatically and reasonably quickly for adults and children. Brain Training through non-linear Neurofeedback is a safe, natural and holistic and effective way to break through the neurological patterns that have caused low self-esteem to be dominant.

Neurofeedback and Low Self-Esteem

We use Non-Linear NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback, an advanced neurotechnology that is safe, natural, non-invasive, drug-free and a highly effective way to improve your self-esteem. 

Neurofeedback utilises real-time displays of brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG) to teach self-regulation of brain function.  It detects inconsistency and abrupt changes in the electrical activity of your brain that undermine optimal functioning. It informs the brain of these sudden shifts through interruptions in your listening sound.  This refocuses your brain’s attention on the present moment and allows your brain activity to self-correct naturally.

A pivotal point to clarify is that nothing is ‘put into’ the brain.  There is a big difference between linear neurofeedback, a form of brain stimulation, and non-linear, which works through auditory perception interruption.  We use non-linear neurofeedback, which allows for a seamless, natural process without stimulating your brain and getting unwanted adverse side effects.  It is not electronic shock therapy; there is no current going into the brain, it is not producing the brain in any way, and to put your mind at ease, you won’t end up with a perm or crossed eyes at the end of your session!  There are no hidden surprises – it is simply a very relaxing experience and requires no effort on your part – your only job is to show up for your session.  You can sit comfortably, listen to music, read a book or meditate and let the Neurofeedback Brain Training do the work for you.  Neurofeedback trains your brain to become more flexible, resilient, and regulated, with improved cognitive performance to enable you to function at your best.

Neuroplasticity and Self-Esteem

While Neurofeedback is the modality, the process by which the change occurs is called neuroplasticity – that is, the ability of the brain to change. Every brain can change; our brains are designed to do so throughout our lives.

As your brain gently rebalances itself, things begin to feel different. Many clients first notice that they feel calm in situations that once made them uncomfortable, their reactiveness levels have lowered, and most will find more energy and feel better about socialising and going to work. Focus and concentration also tend to improve.

New neural pathways become stronger through regular Brain Training, negative patterns fall away, and self-esteem begins to build. Negative ruminating and looping thoughts dissipate, and new positive thoughts and feelings occur.  To truly build self-esteem, we have to remove the patterns that stopped it from developing in the first place, and this is what neurofeedback does so well, with no side effects and no medication.

If you or someone you know is struggling with self-esteem issues, we would love to hear from you to help you on your journey to optimal wellness. The potential of the human brain is limitless, and in turn, so are you.

Train your brain and upgrade your life at Brain Training Australia; we are ready to help you when you are prepared to help yourself.