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Self Esteem Building Activities

The following self esteem building activities are for adults and children. Activities can be done alone or in groups. Group work offers additional learning experience through sharing projects and experiences with others.

Self esteem building activities revolve around three basic concepts.

  1. Identity
  2. Strengths and weaknesses
  3. Nurturing

The following self esteem building activities follow these three concept. The first activity, self portrait, helps participants discover their identity. The second activity, strengths, focuses on strengthening images of strengths and competence. The third activity, nurturing the child, is a nurturing activity and helps strengthen positive feelings towards oneself.

Each of the following self building activities will take approximately 30 minutes.

Self portrait

With this art project you will need a large sheet of paper, the bigger the better. You will need a medium with which you want to work with: pencils, crayons, watercolors, clay, pastels.

Before beginning, meditate for a few minutes to connect to your center, to your self.

With the media that you chose to work with, begin expressing yourself. How do you see yourself? What is on the outside, what is on the inside, use colors and lines to express yourself.

When you are done, look at your portrait and describe it. Pay attention to the colors, what do they mean to you, what do they represent, what are the emotions in the drawing? Write down your description. What did your learn about yourself?

My Strengths

This art project encourages acknowledgment and building of images of competence and strengths. You will need a sheet of paper and drawing media - pencils, pastels, or watercolors.

Before beginning to draw, close your eyes and bring up a memory of something you have done really well. Something that you feel very good about and you can say that it is your strength.

When you bring up this image: What do your hear? What do you see? Is there a smell? What do you feel in your body? Are there colors associated with it? Open your eyes and draw as much as you can. When you are done, discuss in group.

Nurturing the child

The last of the self esteem building activities belongs to the category of nurturing. It focuses on gentle messages of love and worthiness to the inner child.

Draw a picture of yourself at whatever age you see yourself as being pure and worthy. Draw a protective golden bubble around yourself. Surround yourself with bright white light of protection. This is your inner child, safe and protected. Tell the child whatever he/she might need to hear. "I love you". I am glad you are here. You are ok just as you are. You have a right to be here. I will take care of you. You are lovable.

Write down all the messages that you give to your child. Turn your attention inwards. What does it feel like? Discuss in group.


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