About Fay Agathangelou, Author of the Building Self-Esteem Blog
Hello, I’m Fay Agathangelou and I’m thrilled to be writing for the Building Self-Esteem Blog. I am a former life coach, with a philosophy of living life to the fullest, and being the best person you can be. As well as holistic life coaching, I am particularly passionate about wellness and confidence building. I believe that having a healthy self-esteem is the key to following your dreams and living the life you want without the fears that hold so many people back. I also believe that embracing your individuality is vital for healthy self-esteem. It is important to be comfortable with who you are in order to live the best possible life. Uniqueness is what makes us all special so let’s embrace that. It is astonishing that so many people don’t see their overall worth as a person. They don’t see their good qualities and that gets in the way of their health and happiness.
Building My Own Self-Esteem
Building self-esteem is an issue close to my heart. There were various stages in my life where I had low self-esteem. I lacked confidence and I was shy. I didn’t like who I was and it prevented me from doing the things I really wanted to do. However, through my transformational journey, I grew my self-esteem, I overcame social anxiety and I overcame depression. The changes have been permanent and it has made a huge difference to my quality of life. It has given me the freedom to be myself; I’ve had some amazing experiences and made some wonderful friends as a result.
I know how important building self-esteem is and I’m empowering others through my coaching program, workshops, and articles. In this Building Self-Esteem blog, I will share my insights, provide tips and inspiration to help build your self-esteem.
Agathangelou, F. (2014, October 15). About Fay Agathangelou, Author of the Building Self-Esteem Blog, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, February 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2014/10/about-fay-agathangelou
Author: Fay Agathangelou
i went in to depression and i didn't know how to go about it. until i read your article is when i went back to the doctor and opened up.Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the article because i try to take control to overcome many of my obstacles and insecurities, which the article has just talked about. Thanks for sharing.
I have come a long way with social interaction, sexual abuse from the age of 4 to 16 and it was an age where what went on behind closed doors stayed behind closed doors. It has caused me such pain for so many years because I did not have the help that a child needed in a world of helplessness. I had no guidance, so I had to take matters into my own hands after a nervous breakdown left me in a mental ward and labeled so many things and they kept feeding me drugs and telling me that these pills will make me feel better. They only added to my depression, I didn't know how to express myself because I was taught to keep the secrets and if not I was punished by my abuser. I am tired, but yet proud of where I am today, but I need to set boundaries with those in my family and it breaks my heart because I have always wanted family of the heart. I have had so many obstacles in my journey and the one major one is my mother who wants to put what happened into my lap. I can not allow her to continue to take what I went through as a child and allow her take that away from me to fit with her life style now. She will never be able to see her part in it, but I have had to tear down the wall in my life and build a stronger foundation for my life. I was one who was afraid to go out my front door because of the fear in me and life around me. I have always wanted to fit in with others, but didn't know how because I didn't have a voice. Today I am proud to say that, for the most part, have overcome many obstacles and it makes my heart smile that I have a head way of all my insecurities except with my mother. The nightmares of my childhood or becoming less because I am taking my power back. I long for a family, but I also long for my freedom. Thank you for letting me share
Hi Carol, Thank you very much for sharing your experience, your story touched my heart. It takes a lot of courage to speak up and also to do something about it. I know it's not an easy road especially with circumstances that are beyond your control. I can relate to a lot of what you said. When you're a child you can be powerless, however there comes a point where you are able to steer your life in the direction you want. Unfortunately many people do get stuck in the past and that makes it hard to get on with life. Taking control takes a lot of effort and persistence but it is possible. You've made amazing progress and that made me smile. It's awesome that you've overcome many of your obstacles and insecurities and you're taking your power back. Keep persisting and it will get even better.
It's always inspiring to read and hear about people overcoming their issues, especially social anxiety. It's such a common problem today and I think many of us suffer from it but choose to disregard it. Personally (I could be wrong), I think the reason behind this is because we're no longer used to interacting face to face as our main form of communication. We're used to chatting online, hidden behind a screen and comfortable talking when we're by ourself. It's like any new skill - because you haven't had the practice, you can't be confident about it. But once you've mastered it, it becomes second nature.
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Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Social anxiety is very common, yet many people who have it think they're all alone. They're unaware that others are experiencing the same thing and that's why it helps for more people to talk openly about it. I agree that people often hide behind computers instead of social interaction. It's their comfort zone. The key to overcoming it is to step outside of their comfort zone and persist until it becomes comfortable.
Social skills and social anxiety are separate issues although they often go together. Many people with social anxiety actually have good social skills yet their low self-esteem leads them to believe otherwise. Others need to work on both and practice is the way to do it.
Thanks for sharing your campaign, it will help a lot of people. Glad you found my post inspiring.