Many teenagers these days have a low self-esteem. What is a low self-esteem, you may ask? Low self-esteem is when a person has a lack of confidence to do something or think negatively about themselves. “I’m too short”, “I’m too fat” and “If only I were taller/smarter/more confident/had long hair/curly hair, I’d be ecstatic” sound familiar? That’s because these are what teenagers with low self-esteem might say.
The causes of low self-esteem include:
- Failing to meet parent/friend/teacher’s standards
- Being judged because of appearance/intellect
- Being neglected by friends
- Not getting the appearance you want
Signs that you have low self-esteem:
- Feeling worthless/useless
- Feeling unloved
- Having more negative views of self than others
- Comparing self with others
- Loathing your thoughts and actions
Do you have low self-esteem? If so, here’s how to boost your self-esteem.
- Accept your strengths and weaknesses – write down the things you like and don’t like about yourself, also, write down the things that you’re thankful for, and soon, you will then start feeling better about yourself
- Exercise – exercising can help you release stress, and make you feel accomplished.
- Stay positive – cut off all negative thoughts and stop comparing yourself to others.
- Good posture – practice good posture and you’ll feel confident about yourself
Keep practicing these and you’ll soon have a better self-esteem. Also, remember that it’s not what’s on the outside that’s important, it’s what on the inside, a mirror can lie as it doesn’t show you what’s on the inside. I hope this helps, good luck!