5 Ways to Boost Your Self Esteem

1. Volunteer
Why volunteer?  Well, it makes you feel good AND it makes you look good.  Have you ever done a good deed that made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?  When you volunteer, someone is counting on you for something.  It makes us feel good when we are needed and when we make a difference.  On the plus side, volunteering is a great way to build your resume!  In the future ,when you apply for college or a job, you will have valuable “real life” experience.  According to ChildTrendsDataBank.org, youth who plan to complete college are much more likely to volunteer at least once a month compared with other youth.

2. Work Your Body
According to the Center for Disease Control, regular physical activity increases self-esteem, among several other benefits.  So bllast your favorite song and dance like no one’s watching, take your dog for a walk around your neighborhood, go to that Zumba class you’ve secretly been wanting to try out, or go to the park and play on the monkey bars!  The goal is to get up, get out and move your body!  It’s the best and most instant pick-me-up there is!

3. Read a Book & Be a Smarty Pants
A good book is a great way to escape your world and enter someone else’s and it’s a bittersweet feeling when you reach the end of a story.  You don’t want it to end, but it feels good to turn that last page and close the book.  The National Endowment for the Arts says that on average, Americans ages 15 to 24 spend almost two hours a day watching TV, and only seven minutes of their daily leisure time on reading.  Being a couch potato does nothing for your self esteem, but being well read gives you confidence because you speak and write better.  It gives you a whole new perspective on the world and you may find yourself joining a conversation on a bestseller or connecting with another person on a classic.

4. Celebrate You
A girl’s self esteem peaks at 9 years old according to Heartofleadership.com.  More than 90 percent of girls  between the ages of 15 to 17 years want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance, with body weight ranking the highest.  Nothing good will ever come from putting yourself down.  You determine how others will perceive you with your very own words and actions. Think and speak positive words about you.  Take out a pen and paper and write down what you like about yourself.  Leave a sticky note on your mirror that greets you with kind words.  Keep reminding yourself about how wonderful you are and you will feel better about yourself.

5. Inspire yourself
Make a “boost book” that celebrates your ambitions.  Decorate it and keep track of inspiring quotes.  Collect favorite pictures and mementos in it.  Then, you can refer back to it on those days when you’re feeling a little insecure.  It will remind you that your best days are still ahead of you and dreaming big will keep you excited and eager for the future!

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