Most of what we look like is given to us...
…how tall we are, our hair, our skin, and the shape of our nose. Almost everyone also has things about them that don’t work perfectly, such as eyesight, hearing, breathing or skin blemishes.
When we are little we often do not think about these things, but as we grow up we can become aware of what we look like, and this can make us feel confused.
We’re hard on ourselves
When friends say they don’t like the way they look, we often can’t see their point. We are less critical of others and accept them and even like their unique features.
We tend to be hardest on ourselves. If our friends were to say they don’t like the way we look, we would probably be very upset. If you find yourself saying these things to yourself, give yourself a break! Given that we have to live with ourselves and cannot be separated from our own bodies, it’s a good idea to decide to be our own best friend.
Of course you’re not! We are all unique. Our quirks are what make us who we are. If you're worrying about your body or a part of your body is stopping you from doing everyday things, speak to your school nurse.
You're definitely not normal. We are all unique. Our quirks are what make us who we are. If you're worrying about your body or a part of your body is stopping you from doing everyday things, speak to your school nurse.
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