Teens are usually under a lot of pressure and it’s easy for their peers, teachers, parents and siblings to erode their self-confidence. They often have to deal with unrealistic expectations set for them, thoughtless comments and conflicting messages. But they can counter it – with self-love affirmations.
Everyone can benefit from a healthy dose of self-love every day, but for a teen it might be even more beneficial.
Through excellent self-care, being true to your values, and using affirmations for (teen) self esteem, you can create the self-talk that helps you cope with difficult situations and challenging behaviors of others.
Because challenges will surely arise…
Read on to learn how to prevent drops in your self esteem and stay far away from self-defeating behaviors from here on out.
How to Use Affirmations
Just like negative self-talk, positive affirmations “stick” with repetition.
Choose one, two or at most three self esteem affirmations at a time and customize them so that they sound like you. Make them easy to “roll off the tongue”, and repeat them with a big smile on your face, either aloud or silently, for at least 5 minutes at a time.
The best time to use them is first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. A great time is in the shower, if you don’t have the luxury of lying in bed for a few minutes (hey, we know what it was like, we were teens once too!).
Of course you can say them more often too. Feel free to repeat them anytime you like – when you’re doing something boring for instance, that doesn’t require a lot of mental bandwidth.
The more you say them, the better.
The key is to stick with saying a particular affirmation until it feels natural and normal to think it.
In the beginning you might feel some resistance to the statements. As though they are not true, or don’t apply to you.
However, with repetition they will become true and normal for you… after all, you are applying the very same process that you used when you started to believe negative thoughts. Things that someone may have said about you, or negative statements you told yourself about you (after a failure, for example).
Just trust the process, say them with a smile on your face (important) and practice them ’til they’re a part of you!
50 Affirmations For Teen Self Esteem
1. The more I like myself, the more others will like me.
2. I am becoming better with each day.
3. I am happy to be here.
4. I have people who care about me and will help me if I need it.
5. I will ask for help if I need it.
6. I am always learning more about who I am and what matters to me.
7. I understand that my actions become habits so I will try to do the right thing.
8. I love and respect my family for all they do for me.
9. I am an intelligent being, but I don’t know everything.
10. I am proud to represent the values that matter to me and my community.
11. I love myself.
12. I feel lucky to have the opportunities that I do.
13. My dreams are achievable.
14. The only people who may be judging me, are the people who are most afraid of being judged.
15. In 5 years it is not going to matter what I wore today.
16. In 15 years the only thing that will remain is what I have learned.
17. My first love will probably not be my only love, and I’m ok with that.
18. People can be mean, but it only reflects the kind of person they are.
19. I am happy. Who else am I trying to please?
20. I accept and love the way I look without comparing myself to others.
21. A six-pack does not need to be standard. In either form.
22. I am completely unique and therefore, there are no rules to what I am and am not.
23. I give myself permission to do what is best for me.
24. I admit that I may not always know what is best for me, so I am open to advice from people who I respect.
25. I do not need drugs or alcohol to have fun.
26. I do not need to share every personal detail with my entire social network.
27. I am responsible with my technology.
28. My opinion matters.
29. I acknowledge that sometimes it is not appropriate to voice my opinion.
30. I care about what is going on in the world.
31. I can say no, and no will mean no.
32. I stand up for myself because I matter.
33. I love myself unconditionally.
34. I see the beauty in stopping to appreciate my blessings.
35. I am not in a race, there is plenty of time.
36. Reputation is important, but it is not defining.
37. My friends are not always right.
38. I am not lost, I’m still creating myself.
39. When there is a bump in the road, I keep going.
40. If someone is trying to bring me down, it means I am above them.
41. I have all the tools to be successful.
42. Though times may be difficult, they will eventually get better.
43. I do not regret yesterday and I am excited for tomorrow.
44. This is only the beginning.
45. I will do better next time.
46. I haven’t even seen what I am capable of yet.
47. I will savor my youth.
48. I do not wish for age but instead experiences and knowledge.
49. I will do today what I will appreciate tomorrow.