Sometimes, self doubt can feel a bit overwhelming.
Here are some simple steps to help you feel more positive.
1. Decide what is good about your body
What bits do you actually feel fine about? There’ll be something!
Focus on celebrating them, and remember nobody is perfect. The images we see in magazines and on TV are not normal, and are often airbrushed.
2. There are some aspects of our body we can change
Finding a healthy weight, either by eating a good diet or by getting out and exercising more (or sometimes less) are things that are within our control.
Talk to a health professional, like a school nurse, for advice on getting started. Remember, change takes time, so you may need encouragement to keep you motivated.
3. Boost your mood
If you’re feeling low, you’re more likely to have negative thoughts about yourself. It’s easier to think more positively of yourself when you’re having fun and feeling happy.
So, make sure you take time to relax, to do creative fun things, to mix with other people and to exercise- all ways to improve your mood.
4. Get someone to listen
Talking to someone you trust can help put the way you’re feeling in perspective.
Just having the courage to chat to a friend, school nurse or counsellor can help you start to understand your strengths and get out of negative ways of thinking.
5. Face your anxieties
Sometimes worrying what other people think stops us doing the things we really want to do, like going out with friends or taking part in activities at school. Anxieties generally don’t just ‘magic’ away. We have to face them and overcome them.
Taking small, manageable steps every day is helpful. The more you do it, the less painful it will feel.
how to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
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Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.