People often confuse ‘self-acceptance’ with ‘self-esteem’. The two are related, but different.

Self-esteem is the ability to see our worth.

Self-esteem isn’t fixed and can change over time. Major life events, uncertain and challenging times can impact our self-esteem. For example, failing an exam, losing a job, or a breakup can affect our self-esteem for the worse.

Self-acceptance on the other hand is non-judgmental and unconditional acceptance of who we are.

This means that no matter what happens in life, self-acceptance doesn’t change. Even if we get fired, get divorced, or lose all our wealth. It is unconditional. Self-acceptance is in fact, the basis of healthy self-esteem.