1. Have a positive outlook
Wake up telling yourself all the good things in your life before getting out of bed. Literally…. Don’t allow negative thoughts in as you lay there, push them out. If it helps, say all the good things out-loud, then get out of the bed. Every day it will get easier and easier and you will feel yourself waking up with more things to share and a more positive attitude. Acknowledge and stop the negative thoughts about yourself before the day gets started.
2. Challenge yourself once a week
I don’t care if it’s trying a new activity, cooking a foreign meal or going somewhere you have never been. This helps us stretch our world and opens up our mind to more possibilities and opportunities. This type of action builds upon itself and you will find your challenges getting more and more bold or daring. Ultimately, your self pride will grow.
3. Do something scary
I don’t mean walk down any dark allies at nigh, but I do mean take a risk! Try zip lining….. say hi to a boy you have never talked to of run for class officer. You will be surprised by how amazing it feels after you have accomplished the action. You will experience a natural high similar to the one runners experience. It’s a great uplifting feeling and it’s addictive. You’ll be looking for the next big challenge.
4. Share your thoughts/feelings with your parents or close friends
Yes, this can also constitute as something scary, but this time it’s verbal action not physical action. A lot of teens don’t tell others about their worries or serious concerns. They don’t think parents want to hear it and/or they don’t trust their friends with truly personal matters. Take a chance…… share your feelings. You will be surprised by how the information is received by your family and friends. It will bring you closer and you will feel a sense of relief for getting something off your chest, not to mention your level of trust in others will increase.
5. Stop engaging in negative activities that bring you down
Don’t hang around with people who put you down or don’t treat you right. They have no room in your life. Stop mistreating your body with poor sleep, processed foods and no physical exercise. These things do affect your mood which in turn, affects your self-esteem whether you realize it or not. If you don’t think that you are worth it, no one else will either.
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