What is self esteem?

Self esteem comes from a Latin word that means to estimate.

So how much self esteem you have depends on how you ‘estimate’ yourself. You come up with this ‘estimation’ by comparing different parts of your life with other people. If you think you match up your self-esteem is high, but, if you don’t think you are good enough your self esteem is low.

Feeling good about yourself can shape your life in a positive way.


Sometimes when you have low self-esteem you might feel that you need to have a boyfriend or a girlfriend to make you happy, If you start a relationship when you feel like this you might rely too heavily on your girlfriend or boyfriend, have unrealistic expectations of the relationship and not be as happy as you thought you would be.

Being comfortable with who you are before you begin a relationship can have a positive impact on the relationship.

It is important that you love yourself, that you know your self-worth and know that you deserve to be happy.

Below are some things that you can try to improve your self-esteem, you just need to believe that you can do them and give them a go…


Relationships are more likely to last and be healthy if you feel good about yourself first.

Do things that make you feel good

Maybe spend time with friends or enjoy an interest or hobby

Eat healthily

Eating well will help keep your energy up and make you feel better


Regular exercise helps lift your mood and is a great way to see friends

Try something new

Do an activity that you have always wanted to do but never got around to

Sleep well

Aim for 8 hours and try to turn off all screens at least 20 minutes before bed for better quality sleep


The Pledge

Think about what you deserve from a relationship and have a go at the pledge

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