Many people feel insecure about the way they look at some point in their lives.
It's Mental Health Awareness Week and as this year's theme is 'body image' we thought it was important to remember that there isn’t a single type of beauty - everyone sees it differently. And there simply isn’t a right or a wrong way to look. But if you're struggling, here are some things you can do to be kinder, to you:
- Focus on the things you like about yourself, and the parts of your body and personality that you like.
- Spend time with people who make you feel positive about yourself.
- Think about what advice you would give a friend if they told you they were struggling with the way they look, and remember that advice whenever you start having negative thoughts.
- Appreciate all that your body can do. From the remarkable to the mundane, celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you—running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming...
- Do something nice for yourself — something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, or find a peaceful place outside to relax as the weather heats up.
It's not always easy to think positively about your body image or self esteem, so try not to be too hard on yourself when you're having a bad day. But practicing one or two of these tips every so often could help you to improve your wellbeing in small but meaningful ways.