By Beth ~ Contributing Blogger
In this day and age individuals as young as 7 feel the need to look and act a certain way to fit the mould set by others…YOU SHOULDN’T!!! Only you can be you, so don’t be somebody else! As cliche as it sounds,
“Happiness comes from within.”
All of us, including myself, need to learn that: being, “different” isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good thing! Let’s face it, if we were all the same life would be pretty boring!!
A survey carried out of more than 1,600 girls between the ages of 7 and 21 found that almost one in six (15%) of 7 to 10 year old’s felt embarrassed or ashamed of how they look.
This is shocking to say the least! I remember when I was 7, I was out playing without a care in the world, where as in today’s society there is more pressure on young girls and women to look a certain way. Let’s face it, it’s the media’s perception of, “what a girl should look like”, that’s causing this epidemic. We need more variety and diversity in the media!
As a girl in a wheel chair that isn’t exactly, “thin”, I feel that I face a lot of judgement from others and I am confronted with a lot of stigma. However, I have come to realise that it’s their problem not mine… and so should you!! As people, we should build each other up not tear each other down.
“Unfortunately, there is no single solution to building self-esteem; it is something which requires a cumulative effort. Similarly to physical health, we wouldn’t just go to the gym once and expect to be healthy for the rest of our lives; it is something we must on work on daily or weekly. This is true of mental health too. It is a work in progress.”
Try to compliment someone every day!
Trust me, it will make that persons day and you may even receive one back! If you are judging others because of their weight, body shape or looks, you are probably judging yourself and all of those negative judgements cause pain… for everyone involved.
So let’s bring on the positivity!!!
My tasks for you:
1. Think of one positive thing about yourself each day. (I know it’s hard, I struggle some days)
2. Compliment someone. (Lets spread the positivity)
3. Stay true to you! (Don’t change yourself for anyone other than yourself!)
- One Way To Start Liking Your Body
- My Stretch Marks, Societal Beauty Standards, and the Irony Of ‘Flaws
- Body Positivity
- BodyPositive – BBC Sport
So the moral of the story is you are beautiful… don’t let anyone tell you that you are not!