How to build self-esteem in teenagers.

Mikayla Chambers, Writer

Dear Talon,

I’m having some problems with self-esteem, I’m curious if you have any inspiring, unique advice to help with the self-esteem epidemic.


How do you build your self-esteem? There are a few answers to that question.

The literal definition of self-esteem is: “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.” So my advice is to start there; love yourself and realize your self-worth.

You could also eliminate the people or things in your life that are bringing down your confidence. Try evaluating the people you are friends with and find out if they make your life better or worse. Overall, never let the people around you tell you who to be or what to do. Love yourself and never stop being you!

There are always going to be some people that are smarter, richer, or better looking than you, but that shouldn’t affect how you see yourself.

There are three types of people in this world. The first is the kind of people that matter because they changed the life of others in a good way. The second is the person who changed the life of others in a bad way. The third is the type of person who did nothing because they didn’t believe in themselves and thought that nobody cared. Everyone should strive to be like person number one, but if you’re like person number three, seriously consider changing that because if you live your life on the sidelines you’ll regret it in the long run. It may seem difficult to put yourself out there because you’re scared people will reject you but it would be better to feel rejection and learn from it than to be alone because you never tried. My last piece of advice is to try and see yourself as awesome even with your imperfections because everybody has them. Remember that you’re not the only one with problems and complications; everyone has them.