Self-confidence impacts the way that people think and feel about themselves. It can be defined as a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities and judgment. Low self-confidence can come from traumatic childhood experiences, negative overall life events, ill health, or messages received from family and/or friends. Individuals with low self-confidence may avoid setting goals for themselves or trying new things. Symptoms of anxiety and depression are also common in individuals who have difficulty believing in themselves and/or their abilities.
Some ways to improve self-confidence include:
* Identify your strengths (personality, ability, skills)
* Keep a journal to record achievements
* Set realistic goals for yourself
* Do things you enjoy (self-care)
* Do things you’ve been putting off
* Challenge yourself with things you can accomplish and be successful
If you or your child are struggling with self-confidence, there are many resources available to assist in the process of support, including professional counseling. Call (215) 487-1330 or email us at Greenridge@intercommunityaction.org for more information about our counseling services which include one-on-one therapy with a trained clinician.
Author: Christina Vroman, M.A, M.S.