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The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens
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The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens
50 Simple Ways to Build Your Confidence Every Day
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Make self-esteem a habit, every day. Written by Lisa Schab, author of Self-Esteem for Teens, The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens offers 50 simple, positive thoughts and immediate actions to help you "perceive it, believe it, achieve it!"

When it comes to cultivating positive self-esteem, the teen years are the most challenging. You're probably experiencing major changes—at school, with friends, physically, and mentally. But you may be tempted to compare yourself to your peers, friends, and celebrities, or get caught up in the seemingly perfect lives of others via social media. These comparisons, along with self-criticism, can feed into your insecurities and cause you to feel like you just aren't good enough. So, how can you break the negative habits of comparison and self-criticism and start being a true friend to you?

In The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens, you'll learn 50 easy, little ways you can make self-esteem a reality (and a habit!) every day—anytime, anywhere. Following the advice within this fun, pocket-sized guide, you'll discover the six steps of lasting self-esteem, and find tips to help you learn from your mistakes, practice gratitude, see things from a different perspective, celebrate strengths, stop overgeneralizing, and cultivate healthy relationships.

Real change only happens with repeated practice. If you're looking for concrete, immediate ways to help you practice and live the principles of self-esteem in your daily life, this little guide is chock-full of wisdom, positive thoughts, and immediate actions to help you be your best self—your authentic self!

Make self-esteem a habit, every day. Written by Lisa Schab, author of Self-Esteem for Teens, The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens offers 50 simple, positive thoughts and immediate actions to help you "perceive it, believe it, achieve it!"

When it comes to cultivating positive self-esteem, the teen years are the most challenging. You're probably experiencing major changes—at school, with friends, physically, and mentally. But you may be tempted to compare yourself to your peers, friends, and celebrities, or get caught up in the seemingly perfect lives of others via social media. These comparisons, along with self-criticism, can feed into your insecurities and cause you to feel like you just aren't good enough. So, how can you break the negative habits of comparison and self-criticism and start being a true friend to you?

In The Self-Esteem Habit for Teens, you'll learn 50 easy, little ways you can make self-esteem a reality (and a habit!) every day—anytime, anywhere. Following the advice within this fun, pocket-sized guide, you'll discover the six steps of lasting self-esteem, and find tips to help you learn from your mistakes, practice gratitude, see things from a different perspective, celebrate strengths, stop overgeneralizing, and cultivate healthy relationships.

Real change only happens with repeated practice. If you're looking for concrete, immediate ways to help you practice and live the principles of self-esteem in your daily life, this little guide is chock-full of wisdom, positive thoughts, and immediate actions to help you be your best self—your authentic self!

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About the Author-
  • Lisa M. Schab, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private counseling practice in the greater Chicago, IL, area. She has authored seventeen self-help books and workbooks for children, teens, and adults, including The Anxiety Workbook for Teens and The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens. Schab teaches self-help workshops and professional training courses on both anxiety and journaling, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). You can find out more about her at www.lisamschabooks.com.

Table of Contents-
  • PART 1: Positive Thoughts
    1. Recognize Your Power
    2. Claim Your Value and Worth
    3. Understand and Release Devaluing Messages
    4. Choose Positive Self-Messages
    5. Adjust Your Attitude
    6. Practice Gratitude
    7. Celebrate Your Strengths
    8. Embrace Your Differences
    9. View Yourself with Compassion
    10. Learn from Your Mistakes
    11. Compare to Yourself, Not to Others
    12. Love Your Body
    13. See Infinite Possibilities
    14. Focus on the Present Moment
    15. Avoid Overgeneralizing
    16. Don't Take Everything Personally
    17. Believe in Abundance
    18. See the Bigger Picture
    19. Eliminate All-or-Nothing Thinking
    20. Realize No One Has a Perfect Life
    21. Think from the Facts, Not the Feeling
    22. Know It's Okay If Not Everyone Likes You
    23. Refuse to Have a Pity Party
    24. Accept Your Journey
    25. Find More Than One Source for Self-Esteem
    PART 2: Positive Actions
    26. Get to Know Your Authentic Self
    27. Live from Your Authentic Self
    28. Use Mindful Breathing to Stay Calm and Clear
    29. Manage Your Feelings
    30. Learn to Tolerate Discomfort
    31. Set Realistic Goals
    32. Increase Your Peace
    33. Use Problem-Solving Skills
    34. Make Positive Decisions
    35. Act with Conviction
    36. Take Responsibility Instead of Blaming
    37. Work with Your Weaknesses
    38. Face Challenges Head-On
    39. Turn Things Around
    40. Practice Basic Social Skills
    41. Act Assertively
    42. Set Healthy Boundaries
    43. Choose Friends Who Value and Respect You
    44. Run Your Own Life
    45. Surround Yourself with Positivity
    46. Move Your Body
    47. Try New Things
    48. Wear a Smile
    49. Look the Part of Healthy Self-Esteem
    50. Ask for Help
    Ending Notes
    Acknowledgments

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 29, 2018
    This addition to the Instant Help Solutions series advises teenage readers on how to develop self-esteem. Schab emphasizes that self-esteem isn’t simply about feeling good about oneself but about being fair-minded, reflective, and compassionate. She provides 50 “thinking habits” to aid them in building positive self-images. For each habit, she includes scenarios in which a teenager struggles with negative feelings (“Michael hated his sensitivity. Most of his friends liked horror films and contact sports, but Michael preferred happy endings and working out solo).” In each scenario, a peer or adult urges the teenager toward reframing their thinking by, for example, celebrating their strengths, finding more than one source for self-esteem, facing challenges head-on, and setting boundaries. Though the layout is fairly text-dense, readers are sure to find helpful techniques for building themselves up in the real world. Ages 13–up.

  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2018

    Gr 7 Up-As a companion to Schab's 2016 Self-Esteem for Teens: Six Principles for Creating the Life You Want, this offers 50 important and effective ways for teens to make positive changes in their lives. Based on the principles of mindfulness-gratitude, radical acceptance, and being non-judgmental both personally and of others-the book is broken into two parts. The first part addresses instilling positive thoughts, while the second focuses upon positive actions. Each entry begins with a perceptive hypothetical scenario, then introduces an associated positive thought or action to "perceive, believe, and achieve." Helpful step-by-step advice is given each time and a pertinent quote by someone famous enhances each goal. Goals range from dealing with various insecurities, to friendships, to making good choices, to making amends, and to reversing self-harm. Teens can aim for the goals with which they best connect, though the advice can be applied universally. VERDICT Deftly written, easy to follow and comprehend, and completely on target, this self-help guidebook belongs in every school and public library nonfiction collection serving teens.-Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, CO

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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