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How can I boost my self-confidence?

How can I boost my self-confidence?

There are so many ways to work towards increasing your self-confidence...

Keeping physically well

General ‘wellness’ is an important factor in helping you feel good about yourself. If you treat yourself well and look after yourself, you may find that this makes you feel better about yourself too. It’s a positive cycle.

Top tips for keeping well:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Make sure you eat healthy food
  • Exercise several times a week. Not only will you get fitter and healthier, it’s great for mental wellbeing too!
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body will thank you for it, and you’ll feel less tired.

Keeping mentally well

Be aware of any negative thoughts or beliefs, and what might have caused them. Imagine what you might say to your best friend if they had the same thoughts or beliefs. Try thinking of positive alternatives. Spend time with positive family members and friends. Do things that you enjoy. Try thinking of long-term goals that you can work towards.

A lot of the time self-help exercises can be really effective. Some of these take daily work so feeling good about yourself is more of a habit you work on and build upon over time.

Create a ‘Resilience Rucksack’

The resilience rucksack is full of things which can help you to get through tough times. These can be anything that makes you happy and helps you cope day to day with life. Can you think of what your Resilience Rucksack would have in it? Some of things might be:

  • a hot bath
  • a good book
  • music
  • drawing
  • walking
  • talking to friends
  • going to the gym
  • riding your bike.

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning)

WRAP is a self-management recovery system designed to decrease symptoms, increase personal responsibility and improve quality of life. It can be helpful for everyone in their day to day lives.

Services in Bradford run WRAP courses for young people such as Barnardo’s Children’s Charity and CAMHS - Young People’s Mental Health Services.

If you're interested in getting involved then get in touch with Nicola Swales on 01274 481 183 or nicola.swales@barnardos.org.uk

General ‘wellness’ is an important factor in improving self-esteem. If you look after and respect yourself you will hopefully find that this positivity grows - helping you to feel better about who you are as well. Here are some top tips:

General 'wellness' tips

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Get plenty of sleep and try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day

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Make sure your diet is healthy and nutritious

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Exercise several times a week. Not only will you get fitter and healthier, it’s great for mental wellbeing too!

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Drink plenty of water (your body will thank you for it, and you’ll feel less tired)

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Be aware of any negative thoughts or beliefs and what might have caused them. Imagine what you might say to your best friend if they had the same thoughts/beliefs. Try thinking of positive alternatives. Spend time with positive family members and friends. Do things you enjoy. Try thinking of long-term goals that you can work towards.

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If you continue to have low confidence then see your school nurse, health worker or GP and talk to them about whether you need some other psychological help and whether they can refer you.

Further self-confidence advice

Child Line has some great advice, including how to cope with nasty comments, listening to music, doing good things for others, and answering questions in class.

Young Minds Believe in Yourself’ page also has some good suggestions for boosting self-confidence.

Find out what ChildLine has to say about building your confidence and self-esteem.

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