Self-esteem means how you think and feel about yourself. If you like yourself and feel that you deserve good things in life, you have high self-esteem. If you dislike yourself or put yourself down, you have low self-esteem.
You may have low self-esteem sometimes and higher self-esteem when you have reached some of your goals, such as doing well at a job or at school.
Ways to increase self-esteem include:
If you have problems with respecting or liking yourself, talk to your parents, school counselor, or other trusted adult. Low self-esteem may be linked to depression or anxiety. Seeing a therapist may help you learn to manage your moods and feelings.