About twenty percent of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood (dosomething). This fact is directly related to teenagers’ self-esteem and self-confidence. One’s quality of health relies on their personal levels of self-esteem and self-confidence. For this reason, it is crucial to understand how to improve one’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
Self-esteem is the opinion one has of themselves. It is strongly related to how people view themselves and react to the situations that arise in their lives (betterhealth). It can also be expressed as one’s sense of self worth or value and the degree to which we find, respect, and care about ourselves (goodtherapy) Self-esteem corresponds with how we feel within about who we are, it is our relationship with ourselves (counseling).
The importance of self-esteem is based on the principle that healthy self esteem acts as armor against the challenges of the world (kidshealth). It influences how a teenager lives their life and with positive self-esteem, a teenager is enabled to accept themselves (teenshealth).
High self-esteem is very beneficial to a teenager. Positive self-esteem allows one to have better relationships, ask for help and support, and allows for better development in school. This is because if a teenager believes they can accomplish a goal or solve a problem, they are more likely to do well in school (teenshealth). Also, if one has an appropriate value of self-esteem, they are better able to cope with life’s problems better than people who don’t. They are overall better equipped to survive difficulties (netdoctor). If a teenager is aware of their strengths and weaknesses, they are more likely to feel better about themselves. Therefore, they would have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting pressure (kidshealth). In teenagers, this is most beneficial because it allows one to have the courage to be their own person, believe in their own values, and make the right decision when the pressure is on (pamf.org).
In contrast to positive self-esteem, low self-esteem can be detrimental to the health of a teenager. Negative self-esteem traits consist of one being unhappy or unsatisfied with themselves most of the time. This may result from having a sense of no control over a situation (goodtherapy). They possess qualities such as being extremely critical toward themselves, downplaying or ignoring positive qualities, judging themselves to be inferior to their peers, using negative words to describe themselves, blaming themselves, and they usually do not believe any person that compliments them. These people normally assume their achievements to be luck and have a fear of trying. Also, people with low-self esteem talk to themselves negatively (betterhealth). Low self-esteem can also be characterized as low resilience, which makes it more difficult for them to cope with negative life events. There may also be the potential or risk for self harm. All of these traits can lead...