We all have doubts and insecurities. It’s part of what makes us human. Having a good sense of self-esteem, however, helps you to overcome these doubts and live life not feeling bogged down by negativity. Healthy self-esteem gives you the ability to successfully cope with all the obstacles you encounter in your daily life. Unfortunately, the self-esteem of an average teenager is known to fluctuate significantly. In fact, research reveals that up to half of teenagers suffer from low self-esteem. Fortunately, even if you have low self-esteem now, there ARE things that you can do to improve it.
Here are 5 ways you can improve your self-esteem and develop a positive mindset in the process.
- Accept the Things You Cannot Change – There are many things in life you won’t be able change. As such, it’s a waste of time and peace-of-mind wishing that your situation was different. Try to change the things you can and accept the things you can’t. Your self-esteem will be the better for it.
- Don’t Dwell on Your Mistakes – It’s more honorable to try and fail, than to not bother trying at all. Even if you don’t achieve your desired results, you would have learned some important life lessons in the process.
- Avoid Negative Thoughts About Yourself – Focus on your strengths, achievements and the things that make you unique. With the right mindset, a difficult situation can be turned around to your advantage.
- Try New Things – Experience is the best teacher. Nothing beats the feeling of pride and fulfillment that comes from travelling to a new place, learning how to play a musical instrument you’ve never played before, reading a new book or participating in a new sport.
- Make Yourself Valuable to Others – Helping other people makes you valuable to them. Being valuable to others will make you feel valuable to yourself too. So try to be of assistance to your community, your school, your friends and your family. The feeling of indispensability you get will make your self-esteem soar.
If, despite the above tips, you still cannot let go of the negative thoughts weighing you down, you should seek help from a counselor or therapist, who can teach you positive behaviors that will help you restore your self-image.