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Learn What are Self Esteem Activities

Jul 5, 2008
Self esteem is a common issue that everyone has to deal with. Some people have a very positive outlook about themselves and others don't. Since the issue of poor self esteem is so common, there are plenty of activities out there that people can take part in. They can be implemented in the classroom, at home under the direction of parents, in a counseling session, and even on your own if you want to improve your self image.

Some of these various activities can be done in a group setting. This can be really fun but the rule is that only positive things can be said. People are often surprised about the various attributes that others find in them. Pass around a sheet of paper with each person's name on one. Once everybody has written something it should go back to the person that has their name on it. Many facilitators review them first though to make sure no harmful information is written on the papers.

Individuals that view themselves to harshly can spend some time writing about themselves each day. They should have to commit to writing positive things about themselves for at least ten minutes a day. This should focus on their qualities as well as the goals they want to accomplish for themselves in the area of self esteem. This is a type of behavioral transformation that will take time to complete.

Make sure that the self esteem activities are appropriate for the age of the person or the people involved. It can take some encouragement for people to be honest about how they really feel about themselves. Even if they aren't able to say it out loud they can put it on paper. Have them do so early in the activities. After a period of time has gone by have them review it again. Hopefully their self esteem prospective will have changed for the better over that span of time.

The internet is a great place to find different types of self esteem activities. Many of them work well for a variety of people. If you make the activities fun people will be more willing to try them. If you are dealing with youths though you should look for those where they don't have to share their information with others. This way they will be more honest about their feelings towards themselves.

Teens sometimes seem to be alien creatures. They have hormones going in all directions and so many things change for them. Self esteem is a very important issue for teenagers so parents need to address it. The best scenario is to start looking at this with your children from an early age. Always encourage them to see the good qualities in themselves. These should be a combination of physical attributes as well as aspects of their personality that are a quality reflection of who they are.

For teenagers, self esteem often revolves around their physical appearance. This is why they may have a melt down when they have a bad hair day. It is why your son may decide to cancel a date he waited for all week when he sees a pimple forming on his forehead. While adults don't see these things as big issues, for a teenager they are very important.

The self esteem a teenager has is a reflection of how they see themselves. It is important for parents to understand this. For example your child may look very good to you but they feel they are fat. That is the self image they have and it will negatively affect their self esteem. It can result in them withdrawing and it can result in them developing some type of eating disorder.

The way that a teenager's body looks is a great part of their self esteem. This tends to be more of an issue for girls than for boys. If they aren't developing their breasts like the girls around them it can affect their self esteem. Girls that get them too soon or that find them too large can also feel the same way. Boys also go through this so don't think that they don't. They just tend to keep it to themselves more.

Many teenagers can also end up suffering from depression due to poor self esteem. Too many parents don't realize that. Instead they believe their teenager is just moody or that they want to have more time to themselves. Communication is very important at this age and you need to make sure you are willing to listen. This type of depression has also been linked to teenage suicide.
About the Author
Ronen David is the chairman of "Malam" (an Israeli organization supporting and representing those dealing with mental disabilities). He is the author of the "How to Cope With Psychosis & Schizophrenia Self Help Handbook".
Visit his web site and learn How To Cope With Psychosis and Schizophrenia
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