Growing up can be difficult, and self-esteem issues are very common among pre-teens and teenagers. Epilepsy can make growing up more difficult in matters of self-esteem, as a child living with epilepsy can be scared that their friends will think they’re different or weird, they fear having a seizure in public, and they don’t want to depend on caregivers for seemingly mundane tasks. Read more about epilepsy on our blog types of epilepsy and their causes. The self-esteem of an adolescent living with epilepsy is susceptible to its environment and self-esteem issues are less likely to be present in teens who live in supportive, healthy environments. Positive self-esteem encourages a person to take risks, try new things, solve problems and work toward a healthy future.
Here are five additional ways teenagers can boost their self-esteem.
Introspection helps you become self-aware and that takes you one step closer to reaching your most confident self. Spend some time with yourself and reflect on the challenges you may be facing. These could be changing homes, cities, schools, colleges, etc. It could also include having abusive family members or being bullied by peers. These can be traumatic and need professional intervention. One way to cope with this is to journal your feelings and thoughts or to meditate.
It is important to ask the right questions while you introspect. Instead of dwelling on the ‘why questions’, the process is simplified when you ask the question “what“. For example, in place “Why do I feel so terrible?”, answer the question “What am I really feeling right now?”. This helps put a situation in a more logical and rational perspective instead of an emotional one.
2. Look at How Far You’ve Come
It is important to take a step back and count your wins as this helps you realize how far you’ve come and how close you are to being your most confident self. Physically recording them everyday on a notebook, or on an app on your phone, helps you break down all negative self-beliefs and challenge them. Self-esteem has been found to have a large impact on a person’s choices and decisions. Actively noting your successes helps strengthen your self-worth which in turn ensures that you explore your life to its fullest potential.
3. Reward Yourself
If you acknowledge your wins regularly, even if it is for just two minutes at a time, you will notice a spike in your self-motivation and by association, your self-esteem. Issues of self-worth overpower the human need to to feel competent. Rewarding yourself at the end of the day, week or simply at the end of completing a task helps foster the feeling of self worth.
You’re more likely to enjoy yourself if you reward yourself often after accomplishing small goals than after completing a long project. It is particularly helpful because it acts as an incentive for people who find it difficult to get through a task. It helps increase intrinsic motivation, which is motivation that does not need external stimulation, in the long run.
4. Hone-in on a Skill
You can challenge feelings of inadequacy by learning a new skill or honing-in on one that you already know. This is within your reach, and not too difficult to accomplish. For example, learning an instrument gives you an outlet to express yourself in a therapeutic way and helps you step outside your comfort zone with every note, chord or song you learn.
It makes it easier for someone living with epilepsy or anyone with lower self-esteem to set smaller goals for yourself while learning a skill. Rewarding each milestone crossed can help increase your self-motivation in the long-run.
5. Pay Attention to Your Body
Take heed of the physical cues of your body. It can help you determine what you’re feeling and where in your body you can feel it. For example, when you’re excited, you feel butterflies in your stomach. Similarly, paying attention to your physical response to situations helps you understand epileptic seizures as well.
An individual’s sense of self-esteem strongly influences their choices and decisions. It is important to take measures to improve your confidence and boost your self-esteem. Doing this while living with epilepsy may seem daunting. Read more on our blog simple tips to help you take your epilepsy medication on time. Further, our app, InspyreTM, can help you monitor your seizures, track your symptoms and alert your emergency contacts to ensure your safety at all times. To know more about us follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.