Ask Dr Libby

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR HEALTH - The ad­vice in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional.

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fairfaxmedia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

and Iwant to help my 17-yearold daugh­ter main­tain healthy self-es­teem. Do you have some sim­ple tips for this wor­ried mum? Thanks, Mrs J.

Hi Mrs J, what a love­ly­mum you are. I agree, self-es­teem is an as­pect of well­be­ing we don’t dis­cuss enough. Here are some sim­ple ideas:

1. Do some­thing for some­one else.

2. Ex­er­cise out­side and soak up our beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.

3. Write in a grat­i­tude jour­nal each day.

4. Tell each other some­thing you value about the other per­son that is not based on their ap­pear­ance.

5. Be­come aware of your pos­ture, lan­guage (self-talk and what you say to oth­ers) and fo­cus. What we fo­cus on is what we feel.

An ir­ri­tated gut can di­rectly af­fect your mood and con­cen­tra­tion.

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