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Empowering students: Tips from a psychology teacher to overcome low self-esteem

Low self-esteem affects a child’s quality of life and mental well-being significantly



There are many reasons a child may have low self-esteem. It is commonly seen in the ones who are constantly struggling to meet other people’s expectations, frequently criticised or compared with their peers. As one grows, there is increasing performance pressure, which can impact their confidence if they are unable to excel.

Low self-esteem affects a child’s quality of life and mental well-being significantly. They might not feel confident enough to actively participate in class activities for fear of being judged. They may face difficulty in making friendships and end up feeling lonely or isolated. Ultimately, it impacts personality development and overall growth.

Dharini Sahni, a Psychology teacher at Apeejay School, Pitampura, shared some effective tips to build confidence in children who suffer from low self-esteem.

Embrace and develop your positive qualities: Reinforce your positive attributes and provide yourself with opportunities to enhance your skills.

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Develop acceptance and respect perspectives: Remember nobody’s perfect! Do not criticise yourself or others for their imperfection.

Acknowledge appreciation and positive outcomes: Don’t be ashamed to take compliments and always highlight the favourable events and success in your life. Self-love is not a crime.

Be the best version of yourself: Each one of us is unique in our strengths, desires, circumstances, and values. Celebrate your individuality!

Belittling yourself is not a healthy habit: Respect yourself and consider your experiences, ideology, and personality important and worthy to be valued.

Invest in healthy relationships: Surround yourself with people who root for you and provide you with an emotionally safe environment. Value their efforts and reciprocate the support.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.