After having a heart attack it’s not just the physical body that is affected© Adam Borkowski

Your self esteem and confidence after a heart attack can take a knock. Finding ways to overcome this early, learning resilience and setting goals are an important part of rehabilitation. There are many ways that hypnosis, NLP and coaching can facilitate this.

Self-esteem is not innate; it develops from early conditioning and centres on a belief system. We develop what is known as your “Map of the World”. This will be made up of all your beliefs about how the world works plus all the personalised filters you set up to make sure you only collect evidence that supports your Map. Some of the beliefs will empower you while others will be limiting.

A definition is that self esteem is how you feel about and what you believe about yourself. Low self esteem could be described as feelings of low self worth, lack of self belief and a lack of confidence. So is it any wonder that after a cardiac event you may have lost confidence in yourself, your abilities and your body.

Before your heart attack in general you may have felt good about yourself however afterwards once you are back home, you may be feeling vulnerable after all the things that have been happening to you. When things go wrong self esteem can drop down. The long term effect depends on your ability to bounce back and the speed that it takes for your self esteem to return to our normal level, this is called resilience.

Building resilience

The healthier your self esteem the more resilient you will be. It is appropriate to be affected by crisis, trauma and disaster. Lack of reaction would be a sign of mental imbalance. A healthy eating plan, good activity and sleep all contribute to building resilience and confidence.

Through coaching, NLP and hypnosis I can assist you build confidence, set goals and remove limiting beliefs. This will help you to live and love your life once more, perhaps even more that you did before your cardiac event.

Some areas that can affected by lack of confidence and self esteem:

  • Body confidence
  • Ability to exercise
  • Social skills
  • Sex
  • Going back to work
  • Going on holiday
  • Flying
  • Driving
  • Sports
  • Relationships