Self-esteem and Body Image

Your body image is what you think or feel about your looks. Self-esteem relates to how much you like yourself, and how you recognize or appreciate your individual character, qualities, skills, and accomplishments. And both body image and self-esteem is based on how you think other people look at you as a person. The effects of body image on self-esteem can be especially powerful during the teenage years. Although it’s perfectly normal to have negative thoughts and feelings towards your self once in a while, finding ways to be positive is the key to building a healthy body image and positive self-esteem.

Self Esteem is important because:

Self-esteem is about how you know or appreciate your qualities and skills.

Good self-esteem will help you make healthy choices.

One of the best ways to feel good about your body is to take care of it.

Most teens with good self-esteem find life much more enjoyable. They tend to have better relationships with peers and adults, find it easier to deal with mistakes or disappointments, and are more likely to stick with a task until they succeed.

Self esteem is what gives you confidence, power to believe in yourself and confidence to try new things.

The first step to building self esteem is knowing that you can improve it. You should respect yourself and realise that every part of your body is worth caring for. Its important to have a healthy attitude towards yourself.

If your self esteem is low, you might feel too frustrated, annoyed or upset to talk. You might go for a walk or a run, listen to music, spend time with a close friend or in doing something you enjoy. Often talking about how you are feeling helps. Talk to someone you trust or someone who may be going through a similar experience. Remember that everyone has felt bad about themselves at some point of time. If you always feel sad and can’t feel better about yourself then its important that you contact a doctor or a counselor. You can also ask or write about it anonymously on .

You can boost your confidence in that way you look by making small changes. Get a new outfit or a haircut. Try to exercise regularly and each nutritious food. One of the best ways to feel good about your body is by working on getting a healthy one. A healthy lifestyle can help you have a positive outlook towards yourself.

Other things to focus on to build a positive attitude are:

Try to remember the good things you do and your unique qualities.

Focus on education as by learning is what gives you the power to make a difference in your life and that of others.

Participate in different sports and physical activities. This will help you build a positive body image and sports are a great way to stay in shape.

Pick up a new instrument or a hobby. Discover a new talent.

Set new goals and try to reach them, this will not only give you something to look forward to but also help you achieve a sense of pride as you overcome new challenges.

Inspire others by teaching them your techniques for overcoming stress. Give advice and encouragement. This might be the most rewarding experience you may have.

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