We're all different. We come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, we like different things and we have different beliefs. And we also all have very distinctive body shapes and sizes.
Healthy body image
What do you think when you look in the mirror? Are you happy with what you see or do you spend ages worrying about whether you look the way you ‘should’?
Don’t get hung up on your body, remember it takes all sorts to make the world. There are millions of different types of people so accept yourself as you are. With all the bodily changes (and life changes) taking place during your teens and early twenties it’s easy to become obsessed with how you look. After all your body is going through a lot of changes during this time and all those hormones whizzing around can really affect your moods.
It can be really hard if you are developing faster or slower than your friends, but remember that everyone develops at a different rate. In the long run, it makes no difference when you start and it won't affect what you will be like as an adult. This body stuff is not a competition. Try to relax, and if you are really worried talk to your parents, friends or someone that you trust.
Remember: you are who you are, there is no one in the world like you–which makes every one of us unique and special in our own right. Each of us has a purpose, we have our own skills and talents, our own ambitions in life and our own sense of who we want to be.
You don’t have to follow trends to be ‘cool’ or to be part of the ‘in crowd’. Just because a singer, movie star, or even friends want you to look or act like them or do what they do doesn’t mean you have to.
You can be an individual, wear the clothes you want and choose whatever accessories you wish–as long as you feel happy with yourself, that’s all that counts.
Make sure you don’t let others put you down or try to change you, they’re not you! They don’t feel what you feel. You live your life and let them get on with theirs.
Be happy in your own skin and enjoy being your own individual self.
Written by Spunout.ie