Body insecurity is a common stigma among teens. The census showed the growing number of suicides due to body shame and declining mental health. One way or another, the call to respond to this urgent problem begins with oneself. Although parents or friends can be a big help in times like these, we are the ones who ultimately run our world. Likewise, finding happiness and satisfaction is an internal process that must be mastered. Therefore, self-awareness is the need of the hour, especially among teenagers who refrain from speaking. Loaded with advice, this article will provide you with plenty of reasons to understand yourself better and accept your body more openly. Want to know the secret to loving your body? Jump on!
Listen to your body
A growing body demands more. One way to improve your overall image is to interpret what she has to say. Confront the negative aspects you face and affirm that there is always room for improvement. Packing up and running away isn’t the answer, but changing is. If the bright hues don’t compliment you, opt for the more chic ones; if smooth lips don’t go well, consider mattes. Beauty can resonate in a thousand ways, by a thousand body types, but one thing that remains for sure is confidence. It is the concrete factor that controls how you feel and, sequentially, how you look.
Don’t let social media control you
Social media is infamy when it comes to having detrimental effects on people’s lives. The number of likes on photos rarely becomes the measure of social status. This particularly has a wider impact on teenagers. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, “Surveys show that 90% of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 have used social media. Seventy-five percent say they have at least one active social media profile, and 51% say they visit a social media site at least daily. On average, teens are online nearly nine hours a day, not including time for homework. Longer durations of social media activity can, in turn, shape our opinions, and we end up buying ideas that degrade our self-esteem. For example, believing that there is a “perfect body type” not only leads to anxiety, but we also start comparing ourselves to others. This sequential chain grows more and more until we finally begin to hate what we are blessed with. Understanding that social media can give a biased representation of varying opinions can help. You have to make decisions based on what is sufficient for your needs, not what is supported by the majority.
Curves don’t define you
No beauty shines brighter than your heart
This cliche may seem repurposed, but the depth of these words will forever resonate in the ocean of wisdom. It applies to all aspects of life and thus becomes an indispensable factor in our journey of growth. What we wear does not make us beautiful but rather, what makes us beautiful is what lies inside: our character, our intentions, our perception and ultimately, the purity of our soul. Outer beauty is momentary; it fades over time. On the contrary, inner beauty is eternal. The aura of a natural smile shines brighter than the layers of glossy shades we put on ourselves. So be shameless yourself.
Perfection is overrated
In the race to show the world our “perfect angle”, we rarely forget who we are. We forget our roots and run after something that doesn’t even resonate with us. The main thing that rules the world right now is as simple as two plus two: perfection is overrated, and I mean it. The imperfect laughs, the crazy choices, the marks on our skin, and the innocence of being undecided complete us and make us who we really are. Pretending to be someone else to buy only the vague idea of being perfect is a regular lie we tell ourselves. The only good we can do ourselves is to stay true to how we feel. Hiding under covers is like limiting your horizons, being yourself and letting your inner beauty shine. Insisting on the same, Demi Lovato has taken social media by storm after showing off her stretch marks in an artistic way. Take a look below.
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Opinions don’t count
The quality of the people we surround ourselves with has a huge impact on our well-being. So try to be with those who truly believe in you and raise your self-esteem. One of the main reasons most people undermine themselves is that they rely too much on what other people think of them. People can have varying points of view when it comes to a specific topic. In the worst case, some opinions may even be biased. In this paradoxical flow of opinions, we must prioritize our beliefs. Ultimately, we have to face the consequences of our own actions, so it’s important to support each other. We know each other better, after all, we have been living in this skin for years! Forget the frames people put you in and be the best version of yourself!
Listen to me
My personal approach to this is simple: just go with the flow. Don’t be too hard on yourself. What other people think of you is a reflection of their temperament, but what you do with yourself will change your life forever, so do what makes you feel more like yourself. The only universal truth that is forbidden to us is that we cannot be perfect for everyone. No, it’s not as incredulous as it sounds, but it definitely takes time to be understood. Remember experiences teach us how life works, so keep sticking your head up towards the sun, love the skin given to you, interpret the stories your scars have to tell, you are a warrior and let the world see it; you were born in this divine sheath, possess it!