It’s not easy being a teenager. We’re undergoing so many changes to our body, some of which may be welcome and others not so much, that it can drive us to become obsessed with how we look. But this can be unhealthy.
Peers, social media, TV and magazines can lead us to compare ourselves with others and feel under pressure to look a certain way. Often the images we see that look ‘perfect’ have actually been altered digitally, and aren’t real. Comparing yourself to others is not healthy. What looks good on one person may not suit another. It’s much better to find your own style. You are an individual. Be proud of that.
Keeping active and healthy eating are good for your mind and body, but worrying too much about your body shape or trying to control it through lots of exercise and diet changes can be harmful.
We all have good bits and bad bits, so rather than focusing on the not-so-good bits, focus on your strengths. When you look in the mirror, focus on the parts you like. Think of any compliments you’ve received. If you’re not sure, ask someone you trust what they like about you.
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