Believe in Yourself
It’s common to suffer from low self-esteem at some point in your life, but you can do things to make it better. Help boost your wellbeing by trying these 6 steps.
Most people will have low self-esteem at some point in their lives - 75% of young people have felt it at least once.
It can be caused by a number of things - comparing yourself to your friends, problems with family or at school or your health. Sometimes it passes on its own or you can take steps to help yourself feel better.
Tackling low self-esteem early can help prevent depression or anxiety developing. You can start to build your self-esteem today with these six steps.
Step 1: Understand why you focus on negatives
- What negative things do you think about yourself?
- When did you start thinking these things?
- What happened to make you think this way?
Step 2: Challenge the negative feelings
Find reasons why these negative things aren’t true. Include things that have happened that prove they aren’t true. Maybe the thing that caused those feelings has stopped.
Write down a list of these things to keep and bring out next time you feel low.
Step 3: Focus on the positive
Write down your best feature, the last time you received a compliment, the last time you did something for someone that made you feel good.
Step 4: Find good people
How do the people around you make you feel?
Spend more time with the ones who make you feel good and less with the ones who make you feel bad.
Step 5: Get Active
Think about doing something you enjoy. If you already have a hobby, do it more often. If you don’t, try something new. Only do hobbies you enjoy, don’t keep plugging away at something you don’t have to just because you think you have to.
Step 6: Set yourself some goals
Choose something you know you can already do and challenge yourself. Achievements are always positive.
Get help from your school nurse or GP if you have tried these steps and you still have negative feelings. They will be able to work with you on your own particular needs..