Self-esteem is probably more important during the teenage years than any other time of life. Many factors lead to an individuals self-esteem.
One thing that I think can influence self esteem strongly is the feeling of achievement. It can be very soul destroying to always feel your best is not good enough, to think that no matter how hard you work, you never get to the end of that to do list.
It can be really easy in these situations to focus only on the problems and forget to take stock of the positives. If you feel yourself getting sliding into the state of mind try this exercise.
- Keep a success journal and write down every single thing you have achieved that day.
- Your brain makes no distinction between small silly tasks and monumental ones. They release the same amount of energy into your system. So even if you just made it out of bed on time, write it down.
- Break large projects down so you can see achievement in each step towards the goal
- Review it regularly, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed
By doing this you are conditioning yourself to look at the positives in your life and to taking credit for your achievements. Try it for a few days and see if it encourages you to look on the bright side of life!