This Children’s Mental Health Week (February 5-11, 2018), we’re encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It’s all about #BeingOurselves!
When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing.
On Helping Self-Esteem
Can you think of 3 positive things to say about a close friend? What about 3 positive things about yourself? If you struggled with the second question, you’re not alone.
It is sometimes difficult to think of positive things about ourselves and to be balanced and fair when we look at who and how we are as people. From our work in schools we know that this is something children and young people can struggle with too. It can be all too easy nowadays to compare ourselves negatively to others, especially online, and sadly low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have access to our school-based support.
- There are lots of small things you can do to feel more comfortable in your own skin. Start by looking out for negative self-talk. When you notice that you are being very critical of yourself, try challenging the thought with something positive.
- Setting yourself small challenges is another great way to help you feel better about yourself. Whether you start running again, sign up to a new course or learn to cook something new, be proud of what you have achieved.
- Have a chat about your different strengths, qualities and interests as a family. Whether it’s over dinner or in the car, it can be fun to notice how we are all different from each other and you never know, you might also learn something new about yourself!
Place2Be is the UK's leading children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.
We currently provide whole-school mental health and emotional wellbeing services in 282 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales. Last year we also provided in-depth training in a further 31 schools, reaching a total school population of over 135,000 pupils.
We build children's resilience through talking, creative work and play, helping them to develop the skills to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.
--The above post is excerpted from the website, Place2B, Children's Mental Health Week