Say it with me now... "I. Am. Epic."
1. Decide what is good about your body
What bits do you feel fine about? It’s good to have bits of you that you can celebrate. Free yourself – embrace who you are and what you look like. Nobody is perfect. The images we see in magazines and on TV are not normal, and are often airbrushed!
2. There are some bits 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 often within our control. It is great to do these things with advice from a health professional like a school nurse. Things often change really slowly and we may need encouragement and motivation to help us on the way.
3. Boost your mood
If you are feeling low, you are likely to have negative thoughts about yourself. It will be easier to think better of yourself when you are having fun and feel happy. Making sure you have time to relax, do creative fun things, mix with other people and have physical exercise can raise your mood.
4. Get someone to listen to you
When we talk to people we trust, even just a bit, we can get a better picture of how we are feeling. Just having the courage to talk to a friend, nurse or counsellor can be the start of getting things in perspective, and having a realistic health view of who we are and what we can be appreciating.
5. Face your anxieties
Sometimes worrying what other people might think of us can stop us doing the things we really want to do, like going out with friends or taking part in stuff 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. This might just mean going to the shops or going to a club at school. The more we do it, the less painful it is likely to 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.
Find help in your local area
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.