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My friend is good at school and sports but keeps saying,’ I just don’t feel good enough’, she seems to be having low self-esteem.

Question: My friend is going through low self esteem. She’s good at studies and is an ace sportsperson, but she keeps saying, “I just don’t feel good enough,” and always wants to do more. We’ve been together since nursery and we have always been able to talk things out. Lately, she seems to be getting affected a lot more. And this is also affecting me as she has begun snapping at me for nothing. Teentalker , 15-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Thank you for sharing your concern about your friends’ wellbeing. She’s lucky to have such a supportive friend in you. Your friend seems to be going through something significant which I think she will be ready to share in due time but if it’s taking a toll on you, I’d suggest you talk it out with her.

Here are a few active ways to deal with this:

  • Ask her if something is weighing on her mind and what makes her believe she’s ‘not good enough’ and praise her accomplishments.
  • Be there.....

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