Mental health
 
Self-esteem
 
What is it?
•    Self-esteem is the value you give yourself.

•    It can vary in a person from one activity to another, e.g. it can be different at school, work or in a relationship.

•    Having high self-esteem means knowing your strengths as well as your weaknesses, and accepting yourself as you are. It also means having self-confidence and confidence in those you love.

•    Self-esteem and self-confidence are strengths you can develop throughout your life.

•    You may have had certain disappointments or failures that have caused you to lose self-confidence. But you can regain your confidence by thinking about what aspects of yourself bring you satisfaction and pride. By putting the emphasis on your qualities and past achievements, you can nourish your self-esteem.

 
How to improve your self-esteem
•    Know yourself by identifying your strengths and weaknesses.

•    Look at yourself in a positive way. Focus on your qualities, strengths, talents and past successes.

•    Acknowledge and value your achievements.

•    Encourage yourself to take on new challenges.

•    Recognize and accept your mistakes. Don’t view them as failures but rather as learning opportunities.

•    Persevere when you encounter a difficulty.

•    Don’t compare yourself to others.

•    Make sure your expectations of yourself aren’t too high or unrealistic.

•    Learn to resolve conflicts in your relationships, e.g. by improving your communication.

•    Talk about it with your friends, parents, an adult you trust or Tel-jeunes.
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