On this page we cover the following:
- What is confidence and self-esteem?
- Tips to boost confidence and self esteem
- Social media and self esteem
- How can I appear more confident?
What is confidence and self esteem?
To boost your confidence and self-esteem
- Find opportunities to meet and connect with people.
- Write down things you like about yourself – qualities that others say they like about you. Keep reminding yourself of these things.
- Find an activity or club to join or try a new sport or hobby to find where you shine.
- Surround yourself with positive quotes and read them often.
- Smile at yourself in the mirror. Try to be your own best friend.
- Feel better about yourself by helping others – try volunteering.
- Take a break from social media for a week.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken!
Social media influences our self-esteem
Watch this video ‘Social Media and Teenage Self-Esteem’ for tips on how to use social media and not let it lower your self-esteem.
Suffolk Children and Families Participation Group (Particip8), have a series of the Mental Health and You podcast. Particip8 is a group of young people who discuss their personal experiences of social media, Social media and mental health – YouTube
Do you know? Movement is a great way to feel more confident and it's proven to make you feel good! Read more about the 'Mind and Movement' connection.
How can I appear confident in front of others?
Act like you’re confident – acting like you’re confident can actually make you feel confident.
- Stay positive – be kind to yourself.
- Act like you’re confident – acting like you’re confident can actually make you feel confident.
- Try doing something new (if it’s not risky or bad for you).
- Don’t take things too seriously – confident people are able to laugh at themselves.
- Be decisive – confident people are good at making decisions.
- Keep learning – knowledge gives you power to talk the talk.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – we all do it. It’s how we learn.
Where can I get support?
If you feel like you could do with some support to improve your confidence and self-esteem, you can talk to:
- Kooth – peer support and online chat service for young people.
- Chathealth – text a school nurse
- Suffolk Young People’s Health Project 4YP – To speak to a youth worker.
Page updated on July 5th, 2023 at 03:41pm