Things like self-esteem and confidence take the biggest knock as a result of bullying. We know this from the years of research we have undertaken in our Annual Bullying Survey. We internalise the mean comments and try to rationalise why we might’ve been excluded, singled out and picked on.
Eventually, we come to the conclusion that… “it must be me 😳”
In doing so we convince ourselves that there’s something wrong with us and before you know it…. hey presto! You’ve got yourself a whole bunch of social anxiety, confidence issues and low self-esteem to contend with.
The worst thing about this is that it follows us around for ages and it’s difficult to shake, even after the bullying has been resolved. We’re left feeling low and vulnerable.
So, what can we do about it? The answer is simple but not always so easy to achieve: we can learn to love ourselves.
The experts at Ditch the Label put their heads together to come up with 50 things you can do to give yourself a little boost, try to tick off every single one and we guarantee you’ll start feeling better about yourself.
25 tips to rebuild your confidence
Try some of these tips out:
Tell yourself that you are enough
Change up your hairstyle
Watch your fave movie
Talk to that mate that always makes you giggle
Run faster than you’ve ever run before
Make something you’ve never made before
Shout out a window really loud about how amazing you are (we dare you)
Help a mate
Spend time with a puppy
Write a list of all your best qualities
Write a list of all the good things in your life every day
Do something that you know you’re really good at
Accept a compliment by saying ‘thank you’
Unfollow/block all the things on social media which make you feel worthless