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Navigating life can be challenging for a teenager.

As a teenager, you are coming to terms with how to live in the real world.

You are faced with the realities of life.

Everything seems new to you.

Most times coping feels unattainable.

When the pressures of this world starts to get a hold of you, negativity crawls in like a thief in the night. You start doubting yourself, trying to fit in, or feeling not enough. This is when it's important to build self-confidence.

Being confident in yourself can help you attain heights and achieve your dreams. A self-confident teen is happy and full of life. While a less confident one succumbs to depression and low self-esteem.

In this post, I'll be outlining positive affirmations for teens that can help you build your self-confidence. You can incorporate this into your daily routine and manifest the life you deserve.

Ready to get started?

Let's begin

What is Positive Affirmation?

Before we look at examples of positive affirmations, let's understand what it means. Positive Affirmations are short sentences or phrases that help us manifest what we want. They can help you battle negative thoughts and poor self-image.

When you say these words to yourself daily and believe in them, you will start transitioning to what you want to be. Positive Affirmations not only boost your confidence but also calms your nerves, make you feel at peace with yourself, readjust your mind and increase your self-worth.

Positive Affirmations are used effectively for the following:

  • Improve your self-esteem.

  • Boost your productivity.

  • Complete your projects.

  • Sleep better.

  • Conquer bad habits.

  • Develop positive thoughts.

  • Build your self-confidence.

Examples of Positive Affirmations to boost your


  • I am choosing to be kind.

  • I am strong and capable

  • I believe in myself.

  • I am amazing and awesome.

  • I don't compare myself to others.

  • I can achieve my dreams.

  • I can do whatever I set my heart to do.

  • I am enough.

  • I am destined to be great.

  • I deserve to be happy.

  • I am loved.

  • Many people care more about me than I realize.

  • I like the person I am becoming.

  • I radiate kindness to everyone.

  • I am unique, talented, and creative.

  • I have all the resources I need to succeed.

  • I choose to love myself unconditionally.

  • No matter my age, I am worthy of respect and love.

  • I am open to all the wisdom the earth has to offer.

  • I am empowered to be a better version of myself.

  • I accept myself as I am.

  • My light cannot be diminished.

  • I should not disclose everything about myself on social media.

  • I can say no if I want to.

  • I am worthy.

  • I am beautiful the way I am.

  • I am where I should be.

  • My mistakes don't define me.

  • I am uniquely beautiful.

  • I stand out in everything I do.

  • I am unstoppable, and there's nothing I can't do.

  • I have a charming mind, heart, and soul.

  • I will not settle for mediocrity.

  • I am brave and smart.

  • I love myself.

Best Practise:

Pick your favorite words from these statements and recite them daily. You can do this twice a day; when you wake up and before you go to bed. You can also recite these words before a presentation or task.

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Updated: Nov 11, 2022

Being a teenager can be challenging.

Teenagers are confronted with complex issues, and learning how to overcome them can tamper with their self-confidence.

According to Reachout, it is estimated that up to half of adolescents will struggle with low confidence levels during their early teenage years.

What is self-confidence?

Self-confidence is the belief of trust in your abilities, qualities, and judgment. Self-confidence is believing in yourself. Having faith in yourself to be what you aspire to become.

Every teenager should develop self-confidence. This is important because self-confidence will show in your dealings with people, in your school performance and anywhere else you find yourself.

If you are a teenager battling low self-confidence, don't beat yourself up. You can build this. It usually takes 8-12 weeks to make a habit, and all you have to do is take it one day at a time.

Here are some helpful things to do to build your self-confidence as a teen.

5 ways to develop self-confidence

1. Practise positive self-talk

Positive self-talk simply means talking positively about yourself. It is all about saying kind words to ourselves.

Positive self-talk can help reduce stress, and anxiety and certainly boost your self-confidence.

Here's what you should do; when those creeping little negative thoughts get into your head, change them to positive ones.

Form a habit of saying positive affirmations every day, preferably in the early mornings.

Here are some examples:

  • I am perfect just the way I am

  • I am enough

  • I stand up for what I believe in

  • I have courage and confidence

  • I can control what I believe in

  • I am open and ready to learn

  • I only compare myself to myself

  • Today is going to be an awesome day

  • I believe in myself and my abilities

  • My mistakes help me learn and grow.

2. Associate with those that treat you well

Developing your self-confidence also involves associating with people that treat you well and make you feel better about yourself.

Confident people understand when to leave anything that makes them feel bad including relationships.

You can't continue being in the company of those that look down on you, talk down on your achievements and expect your confidence to remain intact. Instead of boosting your confidence, it reduces it to a minimum. Confident people don't stay around

When you realize that your association brings you down instead of bringing you up, you either reduce your contact with such people or cut them off completely.

3. Avoid comparing yourself to others

Everyone is guilty of comparison.

At some point, we have wanted to either feel like we should act, dress, or behave like someone else.

Be aware that too much comparison can lead to unhappiness and low self-confidence. When you constantly compare yourself to others, you are prone to negative thoughts.

To build your self-confidence, you have to stop comparing yourself with others. Focus on being better, and teach your mind to look away from comparisons.

4. Focus on your strengths

When you focus on too many things, you will not attain your best results. When this happens, you feel like you aren’t good enough or doing enough and this can tamper with your self-confidence.

Stop focusing on your weaknesses and focus on your strengths. Focus on what you know you do best. Doing this will help you do the best work and achieve the best results.

When you focus more on your strengths, you become more confident, energetic, and happy.

5. Help people

There’s a positive feeling you get when you help someone, especially strangers. These positive feeling impacts your self-image thereby building your self-confidence.

It costs nothing to show kindness. Give a lending hand to those in need. You can also be a volunteer for an organization.

There are huge rewards attached when you are a blessing to people.

Let's recap

Developing self-confidence helps tremendously increase your self-worth, reduce anxiety, and have healthier relationships.

5 ways to develop your self-confidence:

  1. Practice positive self-talk

  2. Associate with those that treat you well

  3. Avoid comparing yourself to others

  4. Focus on your strengths

  5. Help people especially strangers

Cheers to your growth!

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Everyone loves social media.

It's a medium to connect and communicate with friends and family, and also meet new people. So it's engaging. Extremely engaging.

Social media growth increases every day. According to Statistics, more than half of the world now uses social media. The average daily spent time using social media is 2hr 29 minutes.

It's tough resisting the urge to scroll through your feed. Especially when you have a picture uploaded and would like to check the number of likes and comments on the post. However, spending so much time on Social media can kill your productivity and leave you cranky, lazy, and unproductive.

In this post, I'll be telling you how to avoid social media distractions and take control of it.

Let's begin

How to beat Social Media Distractions

1. Create a schedule for social media

There is time for everything including social media. If you use the whole day scrolling through Instagram and Facebook feeds, watching pictures and videos without doing anything productive then you're threading the wrong path. Social media should have its own time. Let's see an example.

Your schedule can look like this:

  • I will do my homework from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm, then check whatsapp messages from 6:30 - 6:50 pm.

  • I will attend classes from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, then scroll through my Instagram feed during the 20 minutes break.

When you set a particular time for social media, stick to it. Be disciplined and understand that you're doing yourself a lot of good that your future self will thank you for. Also, ensure your social media time comes after doing something productive. Very Important.

2. Turn off Alerts and Notifications

Have you tried focusing on something essential either your assignments, study, or classes, then your phone vibrates? You check it and discover it's a Whatsapp message from a friend or relative that you can't resist. You have no choice but to reply to the message.

Or maybe it's an alert about an episode from one of your favorite channels on Youtube. You rush immediately to watch the video, forgetting the important thing you're doing. That's one of the disadvantages of turning your social media notifications on. Notifications help apps grab your attention.

Whenever you have an important task, I suggest you turn off the notifications and finish your task first. It will help you stay more focused.

For example, I turned off all my social media alerts because I discovered that I was getting addicted to social media. I can only respond to messages, watch videos and check updates when I'm using the app.

3. Control your App Usage

This is very helpful especially when you cannot leave an app on your own. You can set an app's limit. Once it's time, the app closes on its own. You can find this feature on your phone's settings.

This is one of the measures that work for me. I set my limit for each social media app to 30 minutes per day. If you want this to work for you, you have to be disciplined and make sure the app stays closed without extending the limit.

4. Try a Social Media Fast

Okay, I get it. This will be tough in the beginning.

But, trying this method will help you understand that you can be productive without social media. This helps tremendously when you have a tight schedule, during exams, or anytime you have an important task to work on. You can focus more on your task and stay clear of social media till you're done. You'll be surprised at what you achieve when you try this.

5. Create a quiet and distraction-free Place

It's difficult staying away from social media. However, you can stop yourself by creating a quiet place free from distractions. When you do this, make sure that your phone is far from you. Also, resist the temptation of leaving this place. You can do it whenever you have work or an assignment. It will not be easy in the beginning, but with time you will adjust.


It's hard staying off social media. Thankfully, there are measures you can take to overcome the urge of staying longer than you should.

You can start by setting a social media schedule to set aside a particular time in a day for it. Turn off alerts and notifications to avoid getting distracted from what you're doing. Limit your app's usage to control the amount of time you spend on each app.

Try a social media fast to stay clear of social media for a particular time, maybe in hours, days, weeks, or even months. Lastly, create a distraction-free environment.

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