Self-esteem is how a person feels about themselves. With the pressures of modern life, particularly over the last year, children’s confidence has plummeted. Being away from school, lack of socialising and having to deal with the ‘pandemic’ has had a huge impact on children’s self-esteem. A lot of other things contribute to low self-esteem which could be due to bullying, body-image, social media, expectations, family problems, gang culture and anything that young people may find difficult to deal with.
Self-esteem and mental health
It’s so important to help and guide young people into thinking more positively about themselves. Children who suffer with low self-esteem are more at risk of developing mental health problems such as depression or anxiety as they grow up and will often find life very challenging. It’s important, from a young age, to instil positivity and confidence to help them feel better about themselves. This will help contribute to better relationships, education, body image and overall happiness.
Positive vs Negative Self-esteem
Someone who has positive self-esteem will show the below traits:
- Positive image of themselves
- Can play in groups or be on their own
- Be proud of their achievements
- Will adapt to change and try new things
Someone who has negative self-esteem will show the below traits:
- Negative image of themselves
- Lack of confidence
- Feels lonely and isolated
- Avoids new things
- Can’t deal with failure
- Put themselves down
- Comparing themselves to others
It’s important to identify the above traits in your child. If you find that your child is showing traits of having negative self-esteem, them read on below for ways to help them
How to boost self-esteem
As a parent or carer, there are lots of ways you can help boost self-esteem. Here are some of my top tips that you can do to help:
- Shower them with love and positivity
- Encourage them to challenge themselves
- Set an example of having a positive attitude
- Set goals some goals that they would like to accomplish
- Give praise for achievements
- Reassure them that it’s okay to make mistakes
- Help them to express their feelings
- Develop and discover their talents
- Get them to be active
- Talk to their school to make them aware if they are struggling
What can I do to help?
As a motivational speaker and professional coach, I have helped hundreds of young people. I aim to inspire and encourage young individuals to realise their potential and reach their dreams. I understand that young people have their fears, I’ve been there! My relatability and motivation to help young people increase their confidence and resilience, will ensure them to have a positive outlook on life and importantly, improvement on how they feel about themselves.
If you are looking for some extra support, then get in touch with me.