Developing as a young adult is a challenging stage of anyone’s life. Low self-esteem is a common problem with teenagers and young adults. It can seriously hold someone back from flourishing and achieving their best. In this article I’m going to provide some self-esteem activities for young adults, working through these will make a difference to your confidence and self-esteem.
What Is Self-Esteem and Why Is It Important?
Self-esteem is hard to put into words sometimes. If refers to a persons on image and belief in themselves. It also involves how they treat themselves and what they think they are worth. With low self-esteem leading someone to feel like they are not worth as much as they actually are.
People with high self-esteem are self-motivated, confident, achievers, successful, and they give themselves the credit they deserve. Because they do have high-worth. Everyone does, you do, and that’s my point. If you have low self-esteem it’s not that you have low worth, it’s that you think you do.
Working on self-esteem is important for any young adult. These years are important to discovering who you are and what you want from your life. Self-esteem is vital in giving you the confidence and tools to achieve your very best and be the best person you can be.
Young adults and teenagers are the worst culprits for eating unhealthily. You have to remember that you are fuelled by what you eat. If you are eating junk, then you’re going to feel junk, and you will perform junk. Make sense?
Foods have a huge impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. Fruits and vegetables help us operate at our physical best, and fish, nuts, and other foods keep our brains sharp. If you find it too difficult to eat well at least start taking multi-vitamins and drinking fresh juices.
Start cutting out bad foods one at a time and replacing them with healthy alternatives. You will see and feel the difference in your health and self-esteem as you do so and it will make it easier to carry on.
Much along the same lines at eating well, exercising and getting into shape is a huge self-esteem booster. Young adults are still discovering their bodies and finding out where they are comfortable. Think about what type of activity interests you. Martial arts, yoga, running, whatever it is, just do it.
Visualization or mental imagery as it’s also called is a process of visualizing what you want from your life and how to achieve it. Your mind plays an incredibly important role in achieving your goals and providing the mental strength to do so.
It’s possible to increase your self-esteem and confidence through these methods. You can literally make success more likely, and easier to achieve by running it through your mind ahead of time. For more information on visualization read my post – using visualization for success.
Keep a Compliment Journal
The principle behind this exercise is to improve self-esteem by reminding yourself what you have to be happy about or proud of. Writing these things down and repeating them out loud is a lot more effective than just thinking about them.
Each day write down one or two positive things about yourself. After a week or so when you have a number of positive things written down pick a random one each day and say it out loud as you’re looking in the mirror.
This always sounds a little strange and difficult at first, but stick with it. No one needs to know you’re doing it, and there is no reason to feel awkward.
There is nothing wrong with looking after your appearance and keeping yourself well-groomed. If you look good you will feel good. If you feel goof you’ll have more confidence and self-esteem. Make time each day to go through some hygiene routines and give yourself a pampering session once a month or so. Whatever you feel most comfortable with and enjoy.
Set Goals That You Can Work Towards
Low self-esteem is linked to feeling like you have nothing to work towards and can’t achieve any goals you set. I’ve covered goal setting before and how to set good goals that are difficult, rewarding, and motivating.
Think about goals that work well with some of the previous points. Set a fitness goal, or something around eating healthy foods. Setting and achieving goals that lead to a healthier and more satisfying life will give you a massive self-esteem boost.
Use Positive Affirmations to Reinforce Positive Thoughts
Affirmations are sentences that you repeat to yourself to reinforce a statement in both your subconscious and conscious mind and thought process. You can change the way you feel, think, your habits, and how you react to different situations.
Affirmations are powerful and can make a real difference to your self-esteem. I recommend looking into this topic a lot deeper. I’ve covered some affirmations before, and you have the freedom to make some that are specific to you.
Join a Club or Social Group
Social activity is very important to boosting self-esteem. Self-esteem games for youth groups and activities are common at youth clubs designed to help young adults be more confident and learn some life-skills.
Surround yourself with the right people. Remove negative influences and replace them with positive and supportive people. Negative people are a drain and will bring you down a lot quicker than others will be able to pick you back up.
Try to Laugh Daily
This sounds like a silly suggestion but it’s just as important as the other points in this article. Laughing stimulates feel-good hormones in your brain and works muscles around your body. It’s not just what you see and hear on the outside.
Laugh more often, make jokes, be happier, and you will see and feel positive changes in your mood and attitude. I guarantee you.
If you carry out some, or all of these self-esteem activities for young adults you will start to turn around how you feel about yourself. You will feel, look and know you are becoming a more confident and happier person.
As with most self-development techniques the emphasis in on you to start making the changes. If you want to see positive changes in your life you need to take action now. Not tomorrow, but today. I know you can do it and I’m happy to hear any feedback or comments you may have.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.