Activities for Young People Lacking in Self Confidence

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Activities for Young People Lacking in Self Confidence
Feeling better about yourself can make all the difference in your perspective of the world. (sad girl image by Alex Motrenko from Fotolia.com)

As adolescents grow, their consciousness of the world around them grows as well. In many cases, young people can start to feel vulnerable about how people view them and begin to lose self-confidence. To help them feel better about themselves and about their day-to-day environment, suggest some activities for them to regain confidence.

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Group Icebreakers

Young people with low self-confidence can gain an incredible sense of calm about their place in the world when they learn that interacting with others doesn't always lead to awkwardness. Icebreaker games allow everyone to become equals with each other to enjoy a few moments of fun. One game involves silence to get players working together. Tell everyone to write down their birthdays on slips of paper and tape them to the front of their shirts. The players all then work together to get in line according to the chronology of their birthdays. Have them continue rearranging themselves until they get in the right order. Without speaking, the adolescents have already bonded with each other while they worked together to achieve a common goal.

Most Embarrassing Moment

Young people will develop more self-confidence when they realise everyone has insecurities and fears. Sit everyone down in a circle and ask them, one by one, to share an embarrassing moment. The participants can discuss how the moment has changed their views on themselves and how it has affected their relationships with others. Everyone can laugh and commiserate to gain a better understanding of each other. Once everyone has shared an embarrassing moment, ask them to share a moment they were proud of in their lives.

Letter to Yourself

Have everyone write a letter to the person he was during a painful experience such as losing a relative or facing criticism when younger. Tell him to write the letter to comfort his younger self going through that pain or sorrow. He can include compliments or words of wisdom to alleviate some of the pain felt when he experienced that moment. If everyone feels comfortable, allow them to read their letters to each other. Discuss how it is important to talk to someone in your life about the problems you face so that you don't lose sight of who you are and what you can accomplish in life. After the activity, have everyone write down 10 things they like about themselves.

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