SELF-ESTEEM IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE it affects everything you do. When you feel good about yourself and appreciated by others, it’s easier to make friends, try new activities, and push yourself to be a better student in school. This is different from being conceited. You don’t need to pretend you’re the greatest person in the world. That would be really phony. A healthy selfimage actually comes from accepting who you are—just the way you are. Here are some ways to improve your self-esteem.
Let lots of people into your life. Camp counselors, teachers, relatives, classmates, and neighbors make up your support network. Don’t forget friends who move away—pen pals are a terrific hobby. Keep the members of this network updated on what’s going on in your life. Their opinions, love, and guidance will come in handy one day.
Be helpful. Whether it’s carrying an elderly person’s groceries across the street or showing a new student around the school, helping out feels great. Making a difference in someone else’s life will definitely make one in your own.
Try new experiences. Are you a jock? Then give drama a try. At first it might be intimidating to experiment with a new activity, but soon enough you’ll find you’ve developed a host of new talents, skills, and friends!
Don’t try to be perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s normal to worry about making them, but they are really lessons in disguise. So don’t let the fear of mistakes keep you from trying new things. When you learn how to ride a bike, every time you fall off you are teaching your body how to balance. If you keep getting back on the bike, eventually you can ride like the wind . . . or at least to your friend’s house.
Believe in yourself. Have faith that you can accomplish the goals you set for yourself. Make a plan for what you want to achieve and stick to it. You might not always end up where you thought you would, but you’ll be better for the journey.
Ask for help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. If you are stuck on a math problem, ask your friend the math whiz to explain it to you. You can learn from everybody in your life, not just your teachers. Your friends and family are a rich resource, so use them!
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