Having confidence is about believing in yourself, who you are, your abilities and ideas. This could be knowing an idea you have is a good one, the feeling of learning a new skill or knowing what you want out of life. Sometimes you might experience low levels of confidence. It’s important to know that although big emotions are part of being a teenager, feeling overwhelmed and anxious are things that you can get help with. You don’t have to cope in silence.
Building up your confidence and learning to cope with emotions takes time, but you can take small steps that can lead to a big change.
- Talk to a trusted adult about how you are feeling
- Celebrate what makes you unique and different
- Be kind to yourself
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Look after your basic needs – eat healthy and sleep well
- Be kind to other people
- Try something new that you enjoy
- Learn to say no – if something causes you to overly worry or stress, don’t do it
As you grow older, it can be really tempting to do whatever you can to fit in with your friends and peers, but making certain choices can lead to risks.
How can you reduce these risks? Where can you go to for help? Is it okay to say no?