Self-esteem begins to form in early childhood.
Factors that can influence self-esteem include:
Your thoughts and perceptions
How other people react to you
Experiences at home, school, work and in
Illness, disability or injury
Role and status in society
Factors that shape and influence self-esteem
Benefits of healthy self-esteem
With healthy self-esteem you're:
Assertive in expressing your needs and
Confident in your ability to make
Able to form secure and honest
relationships — and less likely to stay in
Realistic in your expectations and less
likely to be overcritical of yourself and
More resilient and better able to weather
stress and setbacks
How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?
• Be with people who treat you well.
• Say helpful things to yourself
• Accept what's not perfect
• Set goals and work toward them
• Focus on what goes well.
• Give and help
Exercise Can Boost Your Self-Esteem
Who I Am: List the top 5 things that made you
smile today. Reflect on why these occurrences
brought you joy.
What I Need: What and/or who could you not live
without? Reflect on this feeling of need.
What I Desire: If you had the ability to accomplish
one thing tomorrow, what would it be and why?
This worksheet has 2 parts:
This first section provides a step-by-step approach to
designing meaningful, positive affirmations that you can
commit to repeating. Use these tips and examples to help
you come up with some affirmations as an initial step.
• Phrase your affirmation as
an “I statement”,
beginning with “I am...”
• Design an affirmation
that represents a positive
outcome. Avoid using
avoidant language such as
the word “not” in your
• I am a caring,
supportive brother to
my little sister
• I am getting stronger at
speaking French every