Healthy Self-Esteem

Healthy self-esteem comes from believing in yourself

What really is self-esteem? A positive self-image? Feeling comfortable in your own skin? The
ability to stand up to peer pressure? Sure, it’s all of these. But mostly, self-esteem is the ability to
honestly accept yourself exactly as you are: your height, weight, looks, appearance, strengths and
weaknesses….even when the media bombards you with messages that you should be different.

At Westchester Health Pediatrics, how you feel about yourself really matters
to us

No matter which of our pediatricians you see, we want you to know that each one of us at
Westchester Health Pediatrics cares deeply about you, just the way you are.

Please come in and talk to us about what you might be feeling about your body, your weight,
your skin, your appearance, anything at all — we’ll keep it confidential. Most of all, we want
to help you be healthy and happy and feel good about yourself in any way we can.

Some suggestions for building and maintaining self-esteem:

  • Join a group that interests you: drama club, sports team, chess, club, debate team, cooking
  • Volunteer: one of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to help others
  • Intern in a field you might want to work in: spend time at your pet’s veterinarian’s office, your favorite store, a landscaping firm, a radio station. As well as investigating a future career and building your résumé, you’ll be hanging out in a place you like and getting positive feedback from the other workers.
  • Learn a new skill: singing, play writing, playing the guitar, rollerblading, pottery making…anything that interests you!