Self Esteem Start Up
Sometimes being overweight is hard. It can be hard to look different than many
of your peers. Also, many people may want you to be healthier. This may make you
feel more stress or pressure.
Many overweight kids
and teens say they don't feel happy about themselves. Some people call this low
self esteem. Having low self esteem can make it harder to lose weight. To start
feeling better about yourself today, consider trying some of the activities
listed below. It will be your self esteem start up kit. Put it in a cool box.
Write it in a cool notebook. Keep it in a special place. And, look at it often!
*In a notebook, write
down things you like about yourself. Maybe you like your sense of humor. Or, you
may be good at solving math problems. You may be a good listener. Write down as
many as you can think of. This may be hard at first. That is okay. You can add
more as you think of them.
*Everyday, write down
3 things you enjoyed during the day or things you learned you liked about
yourself. Here is an example of what Lucy wrote:
March 7: I loved
feeling the warm sunshine today. I liked that I was able to listen to Maria when
she was sad. I got an A on a spelling test.
*Decorate your self
esteem start up kit with things you love and things that make you feel happy.
Cut out pictures from magazines. Paint or color them from your imagination.
However you pick to decorate it is the right way!
*Write down all the
things you want to do once you are at a healthy weight. You may want to try out
for the school play once you are at
your goal weight. Or, you might want to join
the track team. Whatever your dreams are, write them down. Now...instead of
waiting, do it today! Every month, pick something you are waiting to do when you
lose weight. Try it out. You don't need to wait until you are at your healthy
weight to fulfill your dreams!
Remember to add to
your kit everyday. You may want to add something else to your self esteem kit!
Great! The more you add to it, the better it will be! Soon, you will be
remembering the good stuff of everyday. You will remember the good stuff about
yourself. You will also start to forget the bad stuff!
this a healthy week!
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