Struggling to build self esteem as a teen? In this blog, I’m sharing the best self esteem journal prompts for teens to eliminate insecurity!
It’s hard to be have a strong sense of self esteem as a teen this day and age, but it doesn’t have to be. As of writing this blog, I’m a teen myself who struggled with self esteem for a while. There were so many times where I wanted to chameleonize myself to be liked rather than embrace who I was.
So today, I’m sharing the journal prompts I used to to affirm these beliefs and build your self esteem. So you can see if they are things that have been holding you back too from being the self-confident, radical teen you deserve to be.
Why Teens Should Try Self Esteem Journaling
We all have subconscious programmings, which are hardwired beliefs we created at a young age to keep us safe from danger.
While they serve a purpose, a lot of these programmings tend to become negative beliefs about ourselves. These beliefs commonly sound like…
- “I’m not allowed to be myself”
- “I’m not good enough”
- “I always fail”
- “Being happy and doing well in school at the same time is impossible”
- “I will only be happy if I have friends”
- “I’m only accepted if I change who I am”
- “People won’t like me for who I am”
- “I don’t deserve real friends”
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Journaling Boosts Teens Self Esteem!
Journaling is proven to helps uncover these subconscious beliefs. This is what makes journaling so great! Not just for teens but for everyone.
Journaling has helped me build my self esteem and emotional awareness. Today I’m sharing some of the journal prompts I used that will help you build more self esteem as a teen.
Note: Confidence isn’t just for girls and these prompts aren’t meant for just a female audience. If you’re a teen boy who’s looking to build self esteem, this blog is for you too.
Self Esteem Journal Prompts For Teens
1st Teens Self Esteem Journal Prompt
To build self esteem as a teen, I couldn’t just be told that I was awesome. I had to understand what it meant to be awesome!
What did I think awesome means? How am I those things? How can I be more awesome? Ask yourself these questions.
- If something is awesome, what does that mean? Is it beautiful, powerful, does it show grit, etc?
- What things make a person awesome? i.e strength, determination, kindness, humor, the things they do, etc.
- Am I any of these things?
- How am I already awesome?
- How can I be more awesome?
2nd Teens Self Esteem Journal Prompt
For me to build self esteem, I had to start listening to my heart and find what I wanted to express. I couldn’t neglect my voice and let other people speak or me. I had to be brave enough to speak about what matters to my heart.
Sit for a moment and listen for the callings of your heart. What does it want to say? What do YOU want to express to the world?
- Sit for a moment and imagine your heart has a voice. What is it saying? Does it have something it wants to express?
- What is something I’m passionate about and why? You can do this journal prompts for one passion or all of them!
- What is something I’ve felt I needed to express but have been scared to say?
- Do I express these passions, hearts desires, and things on my mind around others or am I afraid to?
- If yes, why? What makes it scary? Is it the fear of judgment and rejection?
- Repeat the mantra “my authentic expression is valued and will not be judged” 10 times to affirm that your authenticity matters. Or create your own mantra!
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3rd Teens Self Esteem Journal Prompt
Another important part about having a strong sense of self esteem as a teen is learning to embrace creativity over perfection. This was a huge one for me.
When I valued perfection over creativity, nothing was ever good enough for me. I was never good enough for me. When I started putting more value of the creating process rather than the result, my joy was multiplied.
Do you value creativity over perfection? How do you act aligned with that value?
- What are the things I do that make me feel creative and playful?
- Do I do these things often?
- Do I express this creativity and playfulness around others or am I afraid to?
- If I am afraid to, why am afraid? Is it the fear of judgment and rejection?
- How can I be more playful and creative daily?
4th Teens Self Esteem Journal Prompt
Challenging ourselves is a huge part of being confident teens and having a strong sense of self esteem.
Write down the ways you challenge yourself. Do you do something daily that forces you to embrace discomfort and challenge?
- What are all the ways I willingly challenge myself mentally?
- What are all the ways I willingly challenge myself physically?
- Do I do one of these things daily?
- How can I challenge myself more often in ways I enjoy?
- What are all the challenging tasks I’ve accomplished? Whether it’s hiking a mountain, finishing an essay, creating an art piece, running a marathon, list the challenges I’ve overcome.
- Did I believe that I could overcome these challenges when I first started?
- How did it make me feel when I accomplished each of them?
- Take a moment to recognize how amazing you are for pushing through those challenges and accomplishing those great things.
5th Teens Self Esteem Journal Prompt
When I realized that my friends weren’t always right, I was finally free to be happy with who I am.
What are things you listen to your peers about? How do they sway your opinions or beliefs?
- Is there a time did what my peers were doing even though I didn’t want to?
- Is there a time I followed a peers opinion even though I didn’t agree?
- Have I ever had a different view on something from my peers but hid it because of fear of judgement?
- Has there been a time where my peers though they were right about something and turned out to be wrong?
- How did it feel in those moments to be inauthentic and unaligned with my expression?
- Who are the peers I hang out with the most?
- What do we talk about and/or what do we do?
- Do I feel good when I’m around these people?
- Do I feel like I can be myself around them or do I feel like I have to be someone I’m not?
- How can I be more of myself around them?
- What kind of friends do I deserve that would make me feel confident and authentic?
6th Teens Self Esteem Journal Prompt
The things we can do are pretty awesome and that alone made me way happier and self esteem. Confidence only came to me when I understood myself, saw my unique value, and knew what’s important to me.
What are things you mind, body, and spirit allows you to do? From eating to dancing to climbing mountains. What are the amazing things you are capable of as a human? Write your gratitude.
Do these journal prompts to practice gratitude for your mind, body, and spirit and to build your self esteem as a teen
- What are the amazing things my mind allows me to do? From being creative to forming thoughts that allow me to connect with other people, what are the incredible things I am capable of as a human being with a mind?
- What are the amazing things my mind body me to do? From eating to dancing to climbing mountains, what are the incredible things I am capable of as a human being with a body?
- What are the amazing things my spirit allows me to do? From experiencing existence to feeling emotions, what are the incredible things I am capable of as a human being with a spirit?
Did you do these self esteem journal prompts for teens? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below!
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