What we believe and feel about ourselves develops early in life as we are presented with numerous messages from family, friends, media and culture. Those experiences begin to shape the way we view ourselves and the world around us. Strategies that may help to improve self-confidence may include:
- Be aware of personal strengths. It is a known fact that we all have strengths and weaknesses, but for some reason we tend to focus on areas that we struggle with and forget to develop and embrace our strengths.
- Talk with your child’s teacher to determine strengths. The teacher can help identify and consequently translate strengths into activities that can build self-esteem and confidence.
- Model people with confidence. We learn much of what we do from modeling. The people we associate with have a major impact on the person we become. One way to feel more confident is to learn how a confident person thinks, behaves and interacts with others.
- Work as a family. Working together on community volunteer events builds confidence by accomplishing goals. Working together with family support can make a task more doable and less daunting.
- Achievement and accomplishments. A factor of healthy self-esteem is trusting that we are able to achieve a given task. Focus on accomplishments not appearance.
- Use positive self-talk and avoid negative self-talk. Learn how to focus the brain on encouraging positive ideas, images and beliefs about ourselves during self-talk.
- Learn to be optimistic. Having an optimistic outlook provides the key to staying more positive, resilient and confident.