Teenage Self Esteem
Teenage self esteem can be impacted by so many different things in
their lives. They may have a low self esteem due to feeling inadequate
at school, not looking as they want or not feeling as if they have the
Teens can be extremely hard on themselves.
They may feel they are not tall enough or are too tall,
Perhaps they don't like their hair, weight or facial features.
It could be they don't feel they are good enough at sports, school work
or fun activities.
Maybe they don't feel as if they measure up to parents and
No matter what the reason, a low self esteem can have many negative
impacts on teenagers.
What is Self Esteem
time you develop a mental picture of yourself. What you are good at,
what you look like, what your weaknesses are - basically an image of
who we are.
This self image starts at a very young age. It
is based on different interactions with other people like family and
Body image is something that you also develop over time, but is more
critical at the teenage years.
Body image is how your view your physical self. Whether you feel
attractive and if you feel others like your look.
especially for teens, is closely linked to teenage self esteem.
Your mental image and body image contributes to your self esteem. Self
esteem is more about how much you feel valued, loved, accepted
and thought of by others.
Someone with a healthy self esteem feels good about themselves, is
confident in their strengths and skills. They take pride in their
If you have a low teenage self esteem, you feel as if no one will like you, you
won't do well at sports, school or other things.
Everyone experiences a low self image sometime during their life.
teens, it is a difficult time in your life as you experience many
different changes physically and mentally.
It is a time in your life when you are trying to figure out who you are
and how to fit in. While this time can be very difficult, the good news
is that your teenage self esteem is not your lifelong self image.
Since our self image and esteem changes over time with new experiences.
So if you are feeling low and not as happy as you good be about
yourself, don't fret - your self image is not fixed for life at this
Influences on Self Esteem
So what influences teenage self esteem? Puberty and development can
influence your esteem and body image.
This is a time when your body goes through lots of different changes.
These changes along with the need to feel accepted by friends, can
impact your self image.
It's a time when you many find yourself constantly comparing yourself
to others. The problem with this comparison is that each teen will grow
and develop at different times and in different ways.
Other influences to your self esteem include media and other outside
Celebrities are always being highlighted in the media. Comparing
yourself to a magazine picture of a model is not a realistic comparison.
Many of these images have been enhanced with airbrushing techniques,
eliminating any flaws the celebrity may have.
and schools can also influence how you feel about yourself.
Simple comments, that may not be intended to be harmful, can impact
your self image.
For instance, parents may criticize their kids on their hair style,
clothing selections or other styling preferences you have.
Kids from school may make comments that are hurtful and mean which can
affect your self image and teenage self esteem. Even coaches and teachers comments can have a
negative impact without realizing it.
Importance of a Healthy Self Esteem
Having a healthy teenage self esteem can influence how you live your
life. People who feel good about themselves are more likely to have
They are more likely to ask for help when needed and feel they can
accomplish their goals, solve problems and do better at school.
who believe in themselves are more resilient.
They can recognize mistakes easier, learn from those mistakes and apply
what they have learned to bounce back quicker from disappointments.
Having a positive and optimistic attitude can help you build a stronger
Instead of beating yourself up when you make a mistake (and
telling yourself you are a loser), shrug it off as being human and
mistakes happen. Learn from those mistakes to become stronger, smarter
and more positive about life.
Understanding what makes you happy and setting goals for your life puts
you in control. It will make you feel capable, stronger and more
positive about yourself.
Taking back your teenage self esteem is something we all have the power to
do. Although when your self esteem is low, words like these
don’t seem possible or is something that you just don’t want to
Learning to have a positive attitude will go along
way to help you achieve your goals. Here are some tips to help you
boost your teenage self esteem.
Improving Body Image
As a teenager, body image is one thing that has a big influence on your
self esteem. If you have a low body image due to being overweight (or
thinking your are overweight) this may lead to a low self esteem.
Your body weight is not the only thing that defines who you are. There
is a lot
more to you as a person than your weight.
We come in all shapes and sizes and your body is unique to you.
Improving your body image doesn't always mean losing weight.
on what is good about your body and not the negative.
For instance, are you strong and healthy? Do you have healthy skin,
shiny thick hair?
Do you like the color of your eyes, the size of your nose.
These are positive body images. If you are still concerned
about your weight, check with your doctor to see if it is in fact a
You may be within the acceptable weight range for your age, height and
gender, but just a little more rounded than some of your friends.
This doesn't mean you are fat and you may not need to lose any weight.
It just may mean you are developing differently than your friends.
Find the Good About Yourself
Humans are not perfect. We will make mistakes and find flaws about
ourselves. While we are not perfect, we are not all bad. Everyone has
something they like about themselves.
Focus on what you do like about you. For
instance, are you good at a particular subject in school, or maybe you
are a straight A student.
Are you kind to animals or have a
great sense of humor? Are you easy to talk to and give good
advice to your friends?
Perhaps you are always the top scorer on the video games. It
does not matter how small you may think these accomplishments are it
means that there is more to you than you think.
Build your teenage self esteem by giving yourself compliments each day.
Tell yourself you hair looks nice today, or that color brings out the
blue in your eyes or that you did great on a pop quiz in school.
Also think about things that gave you pleasure during the day. It could
be as simple as the weather outside, a favorite song on the radio or a
funny joke you heard.
By focusing on positives about yourself and your day, you can start to
change how you feel about yourself.
Change What You Can
If there are certain things you want to change, and is within your
control to do so, then make a plan. When making your plan, set some
realistic goals and aim for accomplishments but not perfection.
Perhaps you want to improve your health by eating better and being more
active. If your goal is to exercise 3 times a week for the next six
weeks, then plan it out and identify what days and times you will
Also make out your meal plans. If you want to limit the number of times
you eat out, instead of at home, then keep track of this as well.
By tracking your goals you can see your
Making a goal is a great way to boost your teenage self esteem.
Your changes don't have to be just about body image.
You can also set goals to get better grades or change your current
It could even be goals to be more outgoing and meeting new friends.
Just remember to set goals on things you can change.
Other Self Esteem Boosters
Other methods to build teenage self esteem can be simple and small
things. Here are just a few.
Trying something new gives you a chance to find hidden talents you may
have. If you find something you like and are good at, then celebrate
your newly found talent. Show off this talent to friends and family.
When you start to think negative about yourself, stop. Instead, think
of some positive things and reinforce your self image with the positive.
Work With What You Got
If there are things about yourself that you don't like but can't
change, like your height, learn to accept it.
If you feel you are too short, just tell yourself and others that
dynamite comes in small packages.
If you feel you are too tall, stand up straight and say that you are
preparing to become a runway model or the next NBA star.
If you think your body is not properly proportioned, wear clothing that
will lengthen or shorten your legs, waist, etc.
Just remember to block out the negative, focus on the good, show off
your accomplishments and remember we are all unique and special in our
If you want to lose weight to improve your teenage self
esteem, check out these teen weight loss tips
Tips for Parents on Teen Weight Loss
If you are a parent concerned about your teens weight loss and health, then check out these tips.
Eating Healthy During School Days
Teen Calorie Intake Needs
With kids in school, the days are hectic. Thinking
about something healthy to eat is not always top on your mind. Use
these tips to ensure your children eat healthy during school days.
Adult's daily calorie needs are very different than what a teenager needs. Because their bodies are still growing and developing,
the calorie intake needs are more. Check out this article to ensure your children are getting the proper nutritional needs.