Struggling with self-esteem is normal for everyone – especially during your teen years. Teens are still growing and developing, so it’s common to feel like you don’t know who you are yet – you are still trying to figure out what you want to do in life, what you like and don’t like, and even who you are.
Some factors that might affect your self-esteem include:
- People in your life telling you negative things about yourself. This includes putting you down or criticizing you in a way that isn’t helpful.
- Being self-critical, which means frequently thinking badly of how you look, what you do or how you are in general.
- Experiencing a trauma in your life, such as a death in your family or in your community. Trauma and negative events affects us negatively in general.
- Having difficulty in school, with friends, in relationships, in sports or at work. Struggling in any of these areas can make you feel like you aren’t good enough.
It’s helpful to remember that these kinds of difficulties often don’t last long, situations can change and if you need help, it’s there. If you’re constantly thinking negative thoughts about yourself, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
Try approaching a trusted adult in your life – an Elder, counsellor or teacher can often help.