There are many definitions of self-esteem, the simplest being “respect, confidence, and satisfaction for yourself, and the ability to accept your own faults.” A person with a high self-esteem knows the difference between right and wrong, accepts it, and behaves according to his/her perception.
When we carry around an image created by internal evaluation of ourselves — consciously or subconsciously — and act accordingly, we are known to have a high self-esteem. It is not an innate part of our personalities, but it is acquired through experience, interactions, and upbringing that we receive or come across since childhood.
Based on our failures and success, we build an image about our own selves, and this personality is portrayed before the people around us. It is a very important part of our development from a child to a mature individual, and it helps us in our personal and professional lives.
For people who are low on self-esteem, there are certain activities, which can be practiced together in order to boost their self-worth. A few of these activities and their importance are compiled in the paragraphs below; so, do take a look.
Activities for Kids
It is extremely essential for kids to build a certain level of self-esteem, because it can be very helpful to a child who is developing both mentally and physically. During the growing up stages, there are various types of experiences and situations that have an impact on their personalities, their likes, and dislikes.
The maturity to make decisions, the ability to make the right choices, and the endurance to face the consequences of the wrong ones, all depend on a few self-esteem exercises. During these phases of growth, the support from a parent, or family is a major requirement for kids.
When they are not subjected to the right balance between trust and liberty, their basic personality turns into someone who is afraid, timid, low on confidence, and shy. To keep them away from these unhealthy traits, it is very important to subject them to some group activities in school, or at home to help lift their self-esteem.
As the name goes, this activity involves making some special commercials. It is a great activity that kids will enjoy and learn from. In this, provide a chart paper and some color pens to all the kids, and allot a total time of 5 minutes. Ask them to design a commercial and advertise themselves; say, how they would introduce themselves in front of everyone.
They can use the chart paper if they want and create a 2-minute long ad saying something about themselves. Let the other kids sit in the audience with you and enjoy each performance. In this activity, kids will learn about the good attributes of others, and this activity will boost their own confidence and self-esteem. It will also help them get over their stage fright.
Moment of Pride
In this activity, give a piece of paper to all the kids, and ask them to write their name on it. After that, fold it and keep it in a bowl. Pick one of the folded paper, and ask the kid to come and stand in front of the group. The rest of the group will have to say one word that describes the kid well. Make sure the attributes do not get repeated, and taboo the bad ones.
With this activity, the person standing in front will feel on top of the world. Then pick the next paper, and repeat the whole activity again for the other children, who are participating in it. This will help the kids in understanding what others think of them, which will boost their morale and self-worth.
The Interview Technique
Facing an interview is one of the best ways to increase self-confidence and communication skills. It is a good activity for kids to understand the techniques of an interview. In this, form pairs and ask the kids to take an interview. Thus, everyone in this activity will have to face a volley of questions. Set a time limit, or decide the number of questions that are going to be asked.
In addition, once the interview is done, the interviewers have to introduce the kid in front of everyone, and give points depending on how the interview went. In this way, all will learn their good qualities as well as any weaknesses, eventually upping their self-esteem.
Another interactive and fun self-esteem group activity can be playing simple board games, such as chess, scrabble, checkers, family, brain teasers, etc. These games force kids to concentrate and learn, which will also help them in their studies. Kids love these games, and enjoy them with partners as well as teammates. These games can also help them in learning new words and facts about places/things.
You can form teams among the kids, or may be you can team with them, and help them in playing these games. It is a great way of interaction as well. Apart from learning, it will also test the children’s IQ and logical thinking skills.
This is one interesting activity for kids that will help them find out their hobbies, interests, and goals in life. It is a creative way to boost some self-esteem in kids. Provide kids with chart paper, color pens, and some magazines. Ask them to make a collage that will represent themselves. They can cut pictures from magazines, or draw them.
The collage should include what they like, or what they want to become in life, their dream destinations, etc. You can also ask kids to guess who the collages belong to. I am sure they will have a fun time doing so.
In this activity, write the names of all the team members separately on small pieces of paper, fold it, and keep it in a bowl. Then ask everyone to come and pick up random chits of paper. Each one will have a name written on it. After that, each kid will have to come in front and will have to act out certain mannerisms. The rest of the group will have to guess who the person is.
For instance, John gets a chit with the name Sam written on it. John will enact Sam’s behavior, his liking, and what are his career goals. This activity makes for a sporty game for kids coupled with a lot of laughter.