Thank you for your question. It can feel so tough when we start comparing ourselves and our bodies to other people, especially when we see such unrealistic/filtered images from social media. Something that can be helpful could be to think about who you are comparing yourself to and perhaps seeking out more body-positive accounts on social media. Another thing to do can be to focus some special attention on the non-appearance related things you do like about yourself; make a list and post some of them on your walls or mirror if it would be helpful to see it all written out! Finally, talking to a parent or other trusted adult can be a way to express how you’re feeling and get someone else’s thoughts about what might help; if these feelings are getting in the way of your life or making you feel really badly, seeking out support from a therapist may be a good idea as well.
- Self-Esteem and Body Image
- I have chronic anxiety, a poor appetite and low grades which I feel are due to my low self-esteem. How do I overcome this?
- Lately my body image has been poor about myself. I honestly feel so ugly and it makes me sad and depressed. I honestly feel like no one will think I’m cute or even pretty, and compliments I do get I throw down. How can this feeling be stopped?
- Is there a counselor that specializes in both stress and self-esteem?
- I need help building a positive body image. Because I am skinny, lack curves, and still wear a size A. I feel like boys aren’t attracted to me. What should I do?