Good sleep is a very important part of staying healthy, but so is exercise. Many teens enjoy sitting around and playing video games or just “hanging out” with their friends. This is fine and actually quite natural for the age group, but movement is important too. Get outside and go for a walk, ride your skateboard or join a sports team. Exercise gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing, which causes chemical to release in the brain. These chemicals are natural mood enhancers that help make you feel good. So get moving, it helps promote healthy self-esteem.
There is actually a link between exercise and self-esteem beyond the “feeling good” aspect. Teens that are trained athletes and/or play on sports teams tend to have higher self-esteem. There is something very powerful in pushing oneself further that you expect you can go to really make you realize what you are made of. The concept of being part of a team and striving toward something together creates a sense of belonging and pride, kind of like a family. Also, trying a new physical challenge can be a huge confidence builder. Like rock climbing a wall for the first time and getting to the top or training for a race with a friend or sister and actually following through. Finishing something that you started can create such a sense of accomplishment that you won’t be able to not be proud of yourself. This ultimately will boost your self-esteem and make you look at yourself a little differently.
So get your family and friends involved. Challenge them to try something new or have them train with you. Having a good support system like a team or simply a good friend is key.