Self-Esteem Activities

10 Self-Esteem Activities For Young Adults

As they grow and experience life, young adults experience two notable drops in self-esteem. Once between the ages of 9-13 (early puberty) and again just before adulthood. As a parent, teacher, or mentor who cares about a young adult, this can be tough to watch.

But there are ways to cope, including a variety of self-esteem activities for the adolescent to practice. Self-esteem activities can be broken into two general categories: physical and emotional.

Physical activities include more than just exercise. This can be anything requiring hand-eye coordination (like tending a garden or building a value board.) Emotional activities include things like mindfulness moments and keeping a list of affirmations.

To learn more about these self-esteem activities and more, keep reading.

1. Affirmations

An affirmation is simply a positive statement about oneself or one’s own life experience. These are often read aloud in a private setting, and affirmations are proven to boost mood and confidence.

The young adult may compile a list of affirmations to be read from a list, pulled from a jar, or even stored in an app or on a cell phone. These statements may include things such as, I am worthy of good friends, or I am good enough to play team sports, or My sibling’s behavior does not impact my behavior.

2. Value Boards

Value boards are a creative way for an adolescent to build a picture that visually defines aspects of their identity: who they were, who they are, and who they want to be.

These can be done a piece of paper or in a journal. It may consist of words or images taken from magazines, books, personal letters, old journals, or even online. What matters is that the young adult feels safe to include what they believe they are, not what they want others to believe.

3. Journaling

A journal is a safe, discrete outlet to share one’s deepest thoughts and concerns. It may be beneficial for the adolescent to write about their daily stressors, including why they are struggling with self-esteem.

As the young adult journals, encourage him or her to express themes visually. For example, if they often feel left out of groups, they may draw themselves sitting outside of a circle. Framing thoughts in this way can assist the young adult with processing these thoughts and, eventually, working through them.

4. Grow a Garden

Tending a small garden can be a very inspiring, confidence-building activities for young adults. A garden is an excellent way to teach that nothing grows overnight, and that self-love requires time, attention, and healthy inputs.

As the garden begins to grow and bloom, remind the young adult that self-care does not stop with the first sign of improvement. We must all care for ourselves in different ways over the course of our lives, and none of us are perfect.

5. Practice Strengths

One of the best self-esteem activities for a young adult is to practice something he or she is good at us. Affirming these types of activities can boost confidence immediately.

For example, is the child a quick reader? Does he or she excel at baking cookies, shooting a basketball, or doing small craft projects? If so, provide the adolescent with the resources and time to do more of these things, and remind them that they have a special talent in this area.

6. Meaningful Jewelry

For some young adults, the constant reminder of self-care is important. A beaded bracelet or necklace can be a creative way to incorporate this reminder into one’s life.

Consider helping the young adult make a bracelet that has special meaning to them: perhaps each bead has a color or letter on it, like “B” for “breathe” or bright yellow for cheerfulness. These bracelets can even be made with friends or given to friends.

7. Mindfulness Moments

Mindfulness is any form of relaxed consciousness, most often practiced as meditation. It doesn’t sound like something most young adults would like, but this is one of the most important self-esteem activities that exist. In fact, plenty of kids already meditate.

Adolescents may practice mindfulness by sitting quietly in a dim room (like a bedroom or counselor’s office); listening to the birds and trees at a local park or beach, or even playing soft music while doing an easy craft project or journaling.

8. How Did You Benefit Someone Today?

By asking the young adult what they did to benefit someone else, they are forced to consider the ways they helped friends or strangers — and this can be a big self-esteem boost.

For example, did the young adult hold the door open for someone at school? Help a friend with homework? Return something to Lost & Found?

All of these demonstrate a positive impact on the adolescent’s environment, and he or she should be recognized for it.

9. Volunteer with the Less Fortunate

There’s no better way to boost confidence than turning attention outward. Consider getting the adolescent involved in volunteer activities around the community, like food kitchens or city cleanups. This is a great way to teach the lesson that even a single person can make a big difference in society.

This also gives the young adult the chance to see how fortunate he or she is. Practicing gratitude is another one of the most important self-esteem activities. This reminds young adults to focus on the many good areas of their life.

10. Get Active

Just as mental and creative activities are essential, so too is exercise. Encourage the child to get outside, play sports with friends, go for a long walk with a parent, or play in the pool. Physical activity boosts emotional and mental health, and it’s crucial to keeping body and mind in great condition.

Options for Self Esteem Activities are Endless

These are just a handful of self-esteem activities to boost morale for the young adults you care about. At Self Esteem Solutions, we offer useful guides to help just about anyone. Whether you’re experiencing low esteem, anxiety or nervousness, our guides can help you change how you perceive things.

For more ideas about self-esteem and adolescents, check out the rest of our site.

Causes of Low Self-Esteem

How Social Media Affects Girls With Low Self-Esteem

Like it or not, social media is everywhere these days. It’s how many people get their news, communicate with friends, and do business. But above all, social media is just that – it’s a place to be social. And that’s where girls with low self-esteem can get into trouble.

From Instagram to Snapchat and everything in-between, social media is a major part of young girls’ lives. But what exactly are they looking at? And how is it affecting the way they feel about themselves and their self-worth?

Turns out it could be affecting them more than you may think, and not in a good way. Let’s check out how social media can change the way girls with low self-esteem view themselves and the world around them.

Body Image

Young girls today are not just inundated with photos of beauty on the pages of glossy magazines or on TV, it has now filled every last space of social media as well. Celebrities, Instagram models, social media influencers, and the like all fill their feeds with flawless images of themselves.

Technology now enables anyone to apply filters or edit their photos to their heart’s content. Many times leaving the photo drastically different than the original.

And young girls are seeing these edited photos and take it as reality. They see perfectly manicured women with perfect figures and perfect lighting and think to themselves, “I want to look like that”. So when they go to look in the mirror and the reflection doesn’t quite measure up, their self-esteem takes a huge shot.

These are also the same girls who live in fear of someone tagging them in an “ugly” photo on social media. They have control over the photos they post of themselves, but not what friends or family may post. Girls with low self-esteem fear the image and look they choose to portray will be tarnished by these “ugly” photos and will un-tag themselves from it faster than you can blink.

There are even ways young people can rank each other based on looks. Or they use hashtags like #tbh where girls can ask for honest opinions from friends and perfect strangers on if they think they are pretty or not. Some photo comparison apps will leave a large red X on the face of the loser.

Need for Acceptance

There used to be a day when a note with the question “Do you like me? Check yes or no” was the standard by which acceptance was measured, but now it’s all over social media in the form of “likes” and “follows” and “friends.”

Girls will post new photos of themselves in the hopes of racking up a bunch of “likes” and positive comments, all feeding their self-esteem. But if that doesn’t happen, it can be a huge blow, especially to girls with low self-esteem.

Because this form of “rejection” isn’t just evident to them, it’s out there for everyone to see. Everyone who is able to view their page can see how well received it is – or isn’t. So they feel publicly embarrassed, in a way. Many girls admit to taking photos down that don’t receive tons of “likes”, for that very reason.

A lot of cyber-bullying centers around this activity. Girls can get mocked and teased for not being popular in the social media world. And this can roll into the real world if those girls happen to go to the same school together, which only further exasperates the problem.

Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

Just like with images of beauty, there are images of people living the good life. You seem them sprawled out on yachts drinking champagne, lounging around luxury hotel balconies eating a gorgeous Parisian breakfast, or walking city streets in the latest designer fashions.

Girls with low self-esteem will look at these images and think that they not only want to look like these people, they want to live like these people as well.

And it can’t be that hard, right? Many social media influencers aren’t “real” celebrities. They’re just real people. So it couldn’t be that difficult to live the good life as well. Then suddenly their current life doesn’t measure up.

What these girls don’t see is the work, the struggle, and many times the staging that goes on behind the scenes of these photos. One social media influencer even admitted to getting herself into over $10,000 in debt just to portray the image she wanted everyone to see.

So when young girls start comparing their lives to the ones they see on social media, feelings of low self-worth and depression can set in.

What Can We Do?

Communication is key when it comes to helping girls with low self-esteem see that these images and forms of acceptance are not the standards by which they should build their self-worth. Parents should keep the lines of communication open and talk about these things with their girls. And with the age of children having access to social media becoming younger and younger, it should start early.

Many celebrities are getting into the fight as well. People like Demi Lovato and Hillary Duff, who have been body-shamed by the media in the past, purposely post unflattering photos of themselves on social media to show their fans that everything is not always as it appears. Supermodel Ashley Graham has redefined the boundaries of what size beauty can be.

Hashtags like #nomakeup and #nofilter are becoming increasingly popular on social media. They encourage girls to post natural, untouched photos and use the hashtags with them. It celebrates who they are and that everyone is beautiful no matter what.

Girls with Low Self-Esteem Need More Positive Role Models

It just goes to show how influential and major social media is. But with open communication and more positive role models in the social media world, we can start to have a beneficial impact on the lives of young girls everywhere.

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