Search

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868

Feelings of Inadequacy

Feeling not good enough

What Is It?

Feelings of inadequacy (feeling not good enough) are emotions that can show up as your child not feeling good enough, not believing in themself, or not having confidence. It can feel like being unworthy. Feeling not good enough can happen to any of us. Like any emotion, feelings of inadequacy can result from many things.

What Does It Feel Like?

It can feel like:

  • Not confident
  • Unworthy
  • Not believing in oneself
  • Sadness
  • Upset
  • Frustrated/mad
  • Like everything is awful
  • Not loved
  • Lonely

 

You might also notice your child/youth acting out or avoiding others. They might also not want to try new things because they feel they are not good enough to try. It can show up in many ways.

How to Cope With it?

Feeling not good enough can feel really uncomfortable. You can help your child/youth by supporting them. You can support them by encouraging, loving, and accepting them.

Ways you can help your child/youth deal with feeling not good enough:

  • Get your child/youth to write down 10 things they love about themself or that they are good at
  • Help them challenge their beliefs
  • For example, if they say, “I can’t do this. It’s too hard,” you could ask them about something they are good at and if they were always good at it. You could remind them they became good with practice.
  • Encourage activities which help them feel good and connect with others
  • Ask them to teach you something they are good at
  • Do something they enjoy
  • Look up relaxation techniques or meditations on YouTube

Further Resources

All articles referenced above are collated here for your convenience and further reading:

If you would like to speak to someone about mental health issues, the Alberta Health Services Mental Health Help Line is available 24/7, offering information and referrals on any aspect of mental health.

Call toll-free: 1-877-303-2642

Trending Topics

Gaslighting

Gaslighting What Is It? You might have heard of gaslighting, but what does it mean? Gaslighting is a form of manipulation. It is a stealthy

Read More

Online Relationships

Online Relationships The internet is  big part of our everyday lives. It is filled with expansive amounts of information. Online has games, music, and videos.

Read More

Accidental Overdose

Accidental Overdose What Is it? An overdose is what happens to someone’s body when they take too much of a substance or too many substances.

Read More

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders What Are They? There are many different types of eating disorders. The list below is not conclusive. Anorexia Nervosa When people are coping

Read More

Suicide Awareness

Suicide Awareness What Is Suicide? Suicide is intentionally ending one’s own life. It is not self-harm or an accident. It is a permanent solution to

Read More

Identity Glossary

Identity Glossary Pieces of Me There are many things which makes your child/youth unique and wonderful. Things which make your child/youth unique: Their abilities (what

Read More