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Developing Self Esteem


Self Esteem

Self-esteem is basically about how you feel about yourself. The level of your self-esteem will show in the way you behave and your attitude to life.

Self-esteem is something that affects each person differently. You will have learnt your first lesson about self-esteem from your parents and older siblings at a very early age.

Some Facts

You begin forming beliefs about yourself early in life. This can be from observations of older siblings and adults around you in your family home.
You look to parents and other important adults for evidence that you are lovable, smart, capable etc. If you don’t get this evidence, low self-esteem can develop as a result. Every human being has a need to feel liked and loved.

Self-esteem affects school success. If you feel good about yourself and your abilities you are much more likely to do well in school than children who often think they can’t do things right. School success in turn, affects your self-esteem. How you do in school will affect how you feel about yourself in the future. Children who do poorly in school often think poorly of themselves. And so the cycle continues…

Self-esteem affects how you relate to other people. If you feel good about yourself you will tend to have positive relationships with other people. On the other hand, if you don’t like yourself you may find yourself having trouble relating to other people.

Self-esteem affects creativity. Children with low self-esteem are less likely to take the risks involved in being creative than children with healthy self-esteem.

Practice saying these self esteem boosters in front of a mirror

I am a good friend
I can do anything I put my mind to
I am okay
I am proud of myself
My friends and family like me

Tips on How to Raise Self-Esteem

If someone tries to put you down on purpose, Don’t let them. Dismiss what they say by saying out loud or silently to yourself, "That's just your view! " or "You're not trying to put me down are you because it didn’t work"

To make it even better for your self-esteem, try saying something like,
"I disagree with your opinion and I know other people who really know me, they will also disagree."

This technique works better if you make yourself believe what you say.

To really feel good about yourself, you need to be totally accepting of yourself and others.

By accepting others it helps us to accept ourselves. When we love others and open our heart to them, we really like ourselves. If we are not at peace with ourself, we are not at peace with others.

Criticising and being impatient and unkind to others creates barriers between us and others. Stop judging others and it may help you to stop judging yourself.

Look at yourself in the mirror each morning and repeat:

• Today is going to be a good day.
• I’m feeling more and more confident every day.
• I am loved and supported by my family and staff at school.
• I can do anything I put my mind to.
• I’m okay. People like me and I like them.