Jasmine is female, now 21 and cared for her Mum, who had Multiple Sclerosis, from when she was in year 1 to year 11. Jay is male, now 19 and has been caring for his brother, who is on the Autism Spectrum, since he was 14.
We also asked:
What are your tips for improving self-confidence?
- Ask questions for answers you don’t know, it can only help!
- Write a list of all the things you’re good at and remind yourself of that list every time you feel lacking in confidence.
- Read books, listen to podcasts and find topics that interest you – if you’re ever in a social situation where you don’t feel confident in yourself you’ll have a back-up library of interesting things you can speak about for days.
- Talk to someone about it.
- Tell them how you feel.
Young Carers WA:
- Write a list of things that you’d like to experience or learn. Pick something from the list – maybe the least scary thing – and try it. Experiencing or learning this new thing will boost your confidence enough so that you can pick something else and do that. Work your way through the list.
- Reward yourself for the effort that you put into things, not necessarily the outcome. If you’ve studied all weekend for an exam and didn’t get the mark you hoped for, you still deserve recognition.
- Practice self-care daily – even more after a hard day. Self-care could mean spending time with a friend, watching a show you love but it can also mean things like making sure that you eat healthily and get enough sleep.
- Find more tips on our “Looking After You” page
It’s helpful to remember that everyone has moments where they don’t feel confident – even if they don’t seem like it. The thing to remember is not to beat yourself up about it; just talk kindly to yourself and do a few of these things to help boost your confidence.