Self-esteem is the value we place on ourselves. It is the feeling we have about all the things we see ourselves to be. It is the knowledge that we are lovable, capable, and unique.
Good self-esteem means:
- Having a healthy view of yourself
- Having a quiet sense of self-worth
- Having a positive outlook
- Feeling satisfied with yourself most of the time
- Setting realistic goals
Both adults and children benefit from good relationships, experiences and positive thinking.
Self-esteem is more than just seeing your good qualities. It is being able to see all your abilities and weaknesses together, accepting them, and doing your best with what you have. For example, you may not play tennis well enough to be a star, but that should not stop you from enjoying the game.
Remember that all of us have our positive and negative sides. We let our strengths shine, and we build on our weak points to help us mature and grow.
Excerpts from CMHA National pamphlets: “Children and Self-Esteem” and “Mental Health for Life”