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Today we're talking about being happy with who you are.
We'll be babbling about how we feel about ourselves,
and what it means to have low self-esteem.
So, what exactly is self-esteem?
Basically, it's all about how you feel about yourself.
Having self-esteem is accepting yourself,
being happy with the person you are and being kind to yourself.
Self-esteem is self belief.
Confidence and a sense of self-worth.
It also means accepting that sometimes we're going to mess up,
and that's OK, because we all do it.
Low self-esteem can make it difficult to talk to people because
you're nervous about expressing an opinion.
I myself have experienced low self-esteem
and it can make you feel sad all of a sudden, without any reason.
We can all have doubts or worries about ourselves, that's normal.
But when a person has low self-esteem
they can feel bad about themselves a lot.
And that can become a problem.
Sometimes we can compare ourselves to other people.
Or try and be someone we're not, or think that
if we change ourselves they might like us more,
or worry that being ourselves just isn't good enough.
But do you know what?
You are the only person you can be, and you're pretty awesome
just the way you are.
For some reason some people like to put labels on other people.
They like to judge, or pick on them, just because of what they look like.
Why do they do it?
It's hard to say. Maybe it makes them feel better about themselves.
But, nobody deserves to be labelled or called names
because, at the end of the day, we're all just people.
Everyone deserves to be happy with who they are.
Here are a few simple things that can really help.
We can focus on the amazing things about ourselves, there's tons,
if you just remember to look.
Stop comparing ourselves to other
people, there's no point.
Tell our friends what we like about them,
everyone can do with the confidence boost every now and then.
When I meet someone for the first time I get quite nervous because
I don't know what they expect of me, or what I should be like.
That makes me feel a bit self-conscious.
I struggle with self-esteem because I have spots and acne.
I got them before everybody else.
And it felt like I was the only one.
But, now it's getting better
and I've started to feel a lot more confident in myself.
It's really important that we're able to feel happy
and content on the inside.
The trouble is we can get so hung up on how we look
on the outside that we start to feel bad on the inside too.
It's natural for us to all be different shapes
and different sizes.
It's the way we're meant to be.
But, lots of what we see on TV, in magazines,
and on the internet is based on one standard of beauty
which, in reality, most people don't, and never will, look like.
Often, we pay far more attention to the bits of ourselves
we don't like, than the bits of ourselves we do like.
But, here's the thing, there's no such thing as perfect.
Lots of the images we see of perfect looking people are fake anyway.
They're made to look flawless, they're airbrushed.
Even they don't look like that.
-So, it's time to stop comparing.
-Start loving who we are.
-Imperfections and all.
That's all for this Lifebabble.
For more information about self-esteem
and feeling happy check out the CBBC website.
In the meantime, stay positive and keep babbling. See you next time.