30 Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem in Teens

30 Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem in Teens

“I always fail tests. I just don’t test well, so there is no point in studying.”

Keisha was sure that she was a bad test-taker. Therefore, she didn’t need to study. She could spend all that time studying and nothing would come of it. 

That statement, “I always fail tests” is the poster child for negative thinking. And that negative thought was a lie. Keisha wasn’t a bad test-taker, but test anxiety, and negative thinking especially, was keeping her from showing what she knew.

Let’s face it – being a teenager is tough. And a teenager during a pandemic is even worse. Too often, we let the negative voices in our heads can get too loud and take over. 

The way to overcome those negative thoughts is to stay focused on positive thoughts, or affirmations. So when your brain says, “I’m so stupid.” You can think, “Nope, I am smart.” You are essentially retraining your brain to ignore those negative thoughts.

30 Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem in Teens

How To Use Positive Affirmations

Choose just a few affirmations that speak to negative thoughts you might be having. Write them on sticky notes or cards and place them in locations you will see them on a regular basis. And then repeat them to yourself – a lot. Even better, stand in front of the mirror and repeat them to yourself out loud.

Self-Image Affirmations

I am enough; I do not have to change myself to be enough.

The more I like myself, the more others will like me.

My emotions and feelings are valid and should be heard and listened to.

I am important and loved beyond my wildest dreams.

I will use kind thoughts and words about myself.

It is ok to be proud of myself and my accomplishments because I worked hard for them.

I give myself permission to do what is best for me.

My body keeps me strong and healthy.

When there is a bump in the road, I keep going.

I am stronger than I think I am.

 I compare myself only to my highest self

I’ve overcome challenges before and I can do it again.

I control my emotions; they don’t control me

Today I will walk past my fears.

Study Habits Affirmations

I am smart and clever and am willing to learn when needed.

I understand that my actions become habits so I will try to do the right thing.

It is ok to ask for help when I need it.

I am still learning.

I will do better next time.

I can make mistakes and my family will still love me.

Failure is great feedback

I learn from my challenges and always find ways to overcome them

It is ok to ask for help when I need it.

The better I do in school, the more opportunities I will create for my future.

I feel good about taking this test because I know I am fully prepared.

It’s healthy to take breaks once in a while.

I am always open to learning in a better way

I have done everything to the best of my ability.

I’m proud of myself for ___________.

I plan my study schedule and stick to it.

Hopefully, one or two of these positive affirmations for teens spoke to you and will help you reset any negative thinking that’s getting in your way. Remember, retraining your brain takes time, so keep at it!

Which positive affirmations do you find helpful? Let me know in the comments below!

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