To say it bluntly, God increased my self-esteem by showing me my life and identity are about Him, and not me. Before returning to Christ, I had so many issues with what I was not and all the bad I was. I don’t know what good in me there was, but I didn’t often see it.
God basically gave me the Mirror of Erised. I can look in the mirror and see Jesus and the Blessed Mother standing next to me. God is, at that time, everything because nothing else matters when you’re fully embraced in the Lord’s arms.