May is ‘Teen Self Esteem Month’ but it’s not just teenagers that can suffer the pressures of not feeling good about ourselves. With the weight of social media looming over our lives it can feel like we’re never good enough. So, how can we improve our self-esteem?
Be kind to yourself:
Try to challenge unkind thoughts about yourself. Ask yourself "Would I talk to a friend in this way?"
Set healthy boundaries:
Practise saying no. Being assertive can be difficult if you're not used to it. But agreeing to too many things to please others can be draining.
Try to avoid comparing yourself to others. For example, it might help to limit how much time you spend on social media or online communities. Prioritise your joy:
Do something nice for yourself. For example, making your favourite meal or playing a game you enjoy.
Take pride in your successes. No matter how small they may seem, take time to praise yourself.
Keep a journal of compliments you receive to save them up to look over when you're feeling low or doubting yourself.
Keep a gratitude diary to remind you of all the good things and people in your life.
Build a support network:
Talk to someone you trust. Having someone listen to you and show they care can help. Keep good company:
Focus on nurturing positive relationships. Where possible, it can help to spend more time with people who make you feel good about yourself.
Set yourself a challenge:
Try volunteering. You might decide to volunteer your time for something you feel passionate about.
Set small goals. This could help things feel more manageable, and give you a greater sense of achievement.
Learn something new. For example, this could be trying a new hobby or creative activity.