There are many ways to encourage the girls in your life by helping them celebrate who they are and the gifts they possess. One way is to have a party with friends where they write down and share with each other the great characteristics that makes each one special and loved. Give them the life skills to thrive not only to survive!
On the Journey of life there are events that can change your life forever. Divorce is something that we are all touched by. The illness of a loved one or of yourself forces you to take a look at your life. Womanly Journey gifts have touched the lives of many women facing loss and sadness. Let’s encourage each other to remember how important and special we are!
The Importance of Building Self Esteem In Girls & Women
Self esteem is how someone feels about their worth, their competence, and what they believe to be true about the goodness within them. Your self esteem is formed by your experiences and interactions with others. Unfortunately, the current state of women and girls’ self esteem in our society is not good. They face a constant battle to develop a loving self esteem.
By the age of 15 years old, teenage girls are dealing with depression, low self worth, abusive relationships, and distorted body image. Those challenges play a part in forming self esteem. These issues guide the choices these young women make. How can someone make a choice that is in their best interest when they are facing emotional bullying by class mates? Do they feel special? 7 out of 10 young women feel they are not good enough. Depressed girls in high school are out numbering boys dealing with depression 2 to 1. Of the teenage girls over half of them do not tell their parents how they feel about themselves to avoid being thought badly of. These girls in pain are not reaching out for help from people who love them and want the very best for them. They girls are withdrawing. This increases their low self esteem.
The fear of being thought badly of overrides their need for love and support. These habits that contribute to and feed low self esteem are continued into the adult lives of women. As a woman of today, you are likely to know women and girls that purposely hold themselves back, that make decisions to avoid letting someone down, and taking action in ways that don’t honor them.
Distorted body image is another crippling issue facing girls and women. You are surrounded with images of what is considered beautiful. The average height of a woman is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average model is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds. It is not a surprise that 50% of girls under 18 believe they are fat. 80% of 13 year old girls have been on a diet. These habits of negative body image and self worth continue into adulthood. Wanting to be healthy is one thing. Seeing yourself as fat at such a young age diminishes your ability to celebrate who you are.
Having low self esteem impacts your ability to form healthy relationships. When forming relationships you attract people who will reinforce your beliefs about yourself. 1 out of 3 women are in abusive relationships. 1 out of 3 girls under 18 have be physically hurt by their boyfriends. Therefore, if you believe your have low worth, are fat, keep quite for fear of looking bad, you will attract someone who will support and reinforce those beliefs. The relationships that are created while you have low self esteem rarely will show you more of your greatness. They will reinforce your distorted beliefs about yourself. 25% of women and girls have endured repeated verbal and emotional abuse. These same women and girls are facing sexual assault. 1 out of 4 women have been raped by their boyfriend. Over half of these sexual assaults occur under 18 years old. 25% of girls under 18 have been forced to perform sexual acts.
Our girls and women are faced with constant issues that contribute to low self esteem. While believing in you will not erase the issues that girls and women are faced with, it will greatly impact the outcome! Decisions made by girls and women when they love themselves are for their greatest good. By having a healthy self esteem you attract positive people in your life that reinforce your true self. Having a high self worth allows you to make choices that honor who you are. Believing in you does not eliminate painful events, yet it does allow you the opportunity to learn from your experiences and move forward.
Womanly Journey is devoted to providing tools for girls and women to see their greatness. Remembering your self-worth gives you the power to live freely. You make decisions that you want to make rather than a decision to avoid feeling bad about who you are. Life happens. We lose our way. We forget how special we are. Womanly Journey Jewelry reminds you how amazing you are. Sharing your unique gifts as a woman and a girl make this world a better place! The simplest gestures have the opportunity to make the greatest impact. Giving a gift that says you see how special someone is has the opportunity to be profound. These gestures are uplifting to these young girls. A special teenage lost her grandmother to cancer. She was very close to her grandmother. This teenage girl was having trouble in school and was withdrawing from friends and family. Her mother gave her a Journey Bracelet gift set. The mother shared that her daughter loved the gift and shared how her daughter came back to her. The girl shared that remembering that she was loved and believed in helped her come back to herself.