Confidence and self-esteem can play an important part in your happiness and how you feel about yourself. If you don't feel very confident or have low self-esteem, it might affect other areas of your life. The good news is there are loads of ways you can start to improve your confidence.
Tips to improve your confidence:
- See friends and family - talking to others and having a good time with the people in your life will bring you closer to them and give you support and comfort
- Make the effort with new people to expand your circle of friends and boost your confidence
- Eat well - food can have a big effect on how you feel, and eating fresh fruit and veg and drinking more water can give you bundles of energy!
- Exercise - a bit of exercise here and there can really improve your mood, it's science! When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals which make you feel good, increase concentration, and help you sleep better.
- Write down something you like about yourself or something that makes you happy every day, and put it somewhere you'll see it. You'll soon realise you have lots of great qualities and reasons to feel good!
- Check out the ChildLine message board to share things and chat to other young people. You can start a conversation or join an existing one, and its a great way to get support and offer advice to others. Take a look at the message board.
- Be part of something and get involved in your community - having a role in a charity or local group can improve your confidence as you'll be helping others, learning new skills and making friends.
- Act - acting as if you are confident in certain situations can actually make you feel confident - the same way that smiling and laughing can make you feel happy.
- Music can help lift your mood and make you feel good about yourself - check out 8tracks music where you can listen to free playlists and choose your mood. To try it out, why not have a listen to the Be Confident playlist on 8tracks.
If you feel like your lack of confidence or low self-esteem is getting too much and you'd like some help, there are people you can talk to.
Chat online with a ChildLine counsellor who will be happy to offer any advice - ChildLine online chat
You could speak to a school nurse for support and advice - they offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth (07507 333356) or ask in school to find out more.
The children and young people's Emotional Wellbeing Hub provides an online referral for support and a telephone helpline (0345 600 2090) if you are worried about you or a friend's emotional wellbeing and need advice.
Speak to a youth worker at 4YP online on Wednesdays and Thursdays 5-7pm or drop in or call, visit their website for more details www.4yp.org.uk
Feelings of anxiety can also be linked to having a lack of confidence - to find out more about this check out our page on anxiety.