1. Identify your self-talk. Write down all the negative things you say about yourself.
2. Counteract these statements, one by one, by saying something that is positive instead. Wherever possible, base these alternative statements on evidence (things that you can see or that others have said about you).
3. Talk about your feelings with someone you trust. They can help to give you a more accurate perspective, as well as demonstrating understanding.
4. Learn to bounce back from your mistakes. We all make them – and they’re usually not fatal! Try and see mistakes as part of learning and maturing.
5. Choose to be positive and think about the good things – everything that you are thankful for, and what is positive and good about your life.
6. “Fake it till you make it” is often great advice. If you act as if you’re happy and confident, you’ll often find your feelings will fall into line.