Ans: Positive self-concept and self-confidence are very important to maintaining good mental health. To begin with, make a clear assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Your strengths will evolve as your confidence. Nurture your strengths and make them a part of your personality. Learn to be assertive in order to avoid unnecessary domination. Ascertain your boundaries and communicate them. Don’t hesitate to tell your friends when they trod on your feelings or cross boundaries. Work out exactly what you want to accomplish and set goals. This will bring structure and you’ll have clarity and purpose about what your life is about. Include work, family, social and personal aspects and each time you achieve a goal, give yourself a little reward. The feeling of accomplishment will increase your confidence significantly. Sometimes a change in appearance helps. Dump the past. Believe that you can shape whatever happens from now on and create a new, confident you. Avoid indulging in self-criticism. Negative people erode confidence like rust erodes iron. Avoid negativity and negative people.