May is National Teen Self Esteem Month: Strategies to Boost Your Teenager's Self-Esteem
May is designated as National Teen Self Esteem Month, presenting an excellent opportunity to emphasise the significance of developing self-awareness and self-confidence in teenagers. It is crucial to recognise how their self-esteem can influence their mental and physical health, making it a crucial point of focus for the awareness month.
Adolescence is a challenging phase for most young people, making it an ideal time to take stock and ensure that we are providing the best possible support to the teens in our lives, whether they are family or friends. In addition to the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes, teenagers must deal with additional challenges such as social changes, new relationships, higher academic expectations, peer pressure, and unrealistic societal norms perpetuated by the media, society, and often their parents.
So, what can we do to boost the confidence of today's youth?
Encourage Intergenerational Friendships
As parents and caregivers, we all want to help our young people grow into confident, happy, and successful adults. One way we can do this is by encouraging strong friendships across all generations and communities. By getting involved in community activities and groups, teens can develop positive relationships with people of different ages and backgrounds, and learn important social skills.
Some young people worry about their capacity to socialise and "belong" in their peer groups at a crucial stage of development when friendships are crucial. After the pandemic, there is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people to socialise and form healthy connections as they need support and fun from friends!
Promote Self-care and Teach Media Literacy
Another important way to boost your teen’s self-esteem is by encouraging self-care practices. Taking time to engage in activities that make them feel good and prioritising their own well-being can help young people develop a positive self-image and maintain good mental health. Self-care helps mental wellness and self-esteem so encourage teens to relax and enjoy themselves. Walking, mindfulness, or a hobby are great examples.
Teaching media literacy is also crucial, as social media and other forms of media can have a significant impact on a teen’s self-esteem. By helping young people critically analyse media messages and recognise harmful stereotypes and unrealistic beauty standards, we can help them develop a healthier relationship with media and themselves.
Seek Professional Guidance
Finally, seeking professional support may be necessary in some cases. Hypnotherapy, for example, is a non-invasive and effective way to help teens grow their self-esteem and navigate challenging thoughts and feelings. By working with a qualified hypnotherapist, young people can learn to feel more confident and at ease in their everyday lives.
Let’s help our teens break free from self-doubt and reach their full potential!