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Information, Advice and sources of support for young people in Suffolk

Confidence and Self Esteem

“A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

On this page we cover the following:

  1. What is confidence and self-esteem?
  2. Tips to boost confidence and self esteem
  3. Social media and self esteem
  4. How can I appear more confident?
  5. Help

What is confidence and self esteem?

Confidence and self-esteem play an important part in how happy we feel about ourselves, and our self worth.

If you have low self-esteem and lack confidence in yourself, it can affect other areas of your life.

Watch this video ‘Confidence And Self-Esteem’. It has practical tips to help you celebrate your uniqueness and be more confident.

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.
TikTok says “Never be ashamed of who you are!”

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:

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Page updated on February 15th, 2024 at 03:46pm