Having low self-esteem can occur at any age. However, it can often have a greater impact on younger people and teens. This is because they are still growing and maturing when it comes to their emotions.
What may seem small to you as a parent, may have had a huge impact on their mental state. This is why it is important to monitor your teens moods and behavior. Below are a few signs that may reveal that your child is struggling with low self-esteem.
Common Signs Of Low Self-Esteem
- Your teen has negative thoughts about themselves. Try to take note of regular instances of your kid saying things like “i’m not good enough to try that” or “i’ll never be like so and so.” These could signal a deeper issue if they happen frequently.
- Does your teen avoid social situations? While sometimes this simply means your child is more introverted, it could also be a sign they are not comfortable around others.
- It is common for people with low self-esteem to look everywhere but at a person when they are talking. This may be because they are uncomfortable with the situation or themself.
- Sometimes someone with low self-esteem may also seem to have a big ego. They may try to mask any supposed weaknesses by boasting about their own accomplishments to others.
These are just a few of the many signs that you need to look out for when it comes to low self-esteem. It is not unusual that your teen will experience this at some point during adolescence. However, it is important that you know how to build your child back up.
How To Help Your Teen Overcome Low Self-Esteem
One of the simplest ways to help your child is to be there for them. Listen to their problems and help them learn how to focus on the positive. Teach them how to redirect their negative thoughts so that they don’t take on a permanent negative self image.
It is also a great idea to find ways to encourage your children daily. Even if it is as simple as sending them a quick message of encouragement during the day. Sometimes a little extra positivity goes a long way.
If you are having trouble helping your teen overcome low self-esteem, our team here at Reboot is here for you. We can provide you with services such as talk therapy or neurofeedback. Sometimes it can be helpful to your teen to have an additional person to talk through life events with.
You can learn more about our available services here. We look forward to hearing from you!