People commonly talk about low self-esteem, but less is said about fluctuating self-esteem. Many people (myself included!) flit between feeling reasonably self-confident and feeling anxious. Here are some practical, straightforward tips for coping with swings in your confidence. Strong feelings aren’t your enemy. Strong emotions are our part of our evolved warning system. All emotions have a positive, productive reason for being part of our human repertoire. The system sometimes gets mis-calibrated (e.g., as in the case of panic attacks or depression). However, fundamentally your emotions exist to help and guide you.