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Body Image

You're NOT alone!

“I’m too fat”...”I’m too skinny”...”My boobs are too small”...”I’m too short”...”I wish I had longer legs”...”I wish I had curly hair”...any of this sound familiar?

When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you see all the things you dislike about your body? All the things you’d like to change about yourself? Well...EVERYONE feels the same way!

Why do we feel like that?

When we’re in our teens our bodies go through a whole load of changes, and it can be hard to adjust to our new shape and looks, but everyone is having the same issues, you aren’t alone.

It’s hard for anyone to really love every aspect of their looks, even supermodels would want to change something if you asked them, but if all we do is focus on the negatives then it’s going to have a serious effect of our self-esteem.

Low self-esteem can make us feel down which can in turn affect our mental health and how we behave.

Improving body image:

Many people think that you have to change the way you look to increase your self-esteem and feel good about yourself, and although there are things we can change by eating well and doing regular physical activity, it’s important to know that changing how YOU see your body and think about yourself will make much more of a difference. Here are some tips on how to start to change self-perception:

  •          Concentrate on the things you do like about yourself instead of things you don’t
  •          Yes there are things we can’t change about ourselves, but that’s fine, our bodies are unique and original!
  •          Remember real people aren’t perfect and perfect people aren’t real
  •          Try to focus on what is interesting and unique about yourself
  •          Don’t be afraid to give yourself compliments
  •          If someone gives you a compliment - believe them!
  •          Make goals for yourself, if you want to get fit and eat healthy that’s great, set a target and keep track of your progress, seeing yourself change on paper and hitting targets will greatly improve your self esteem
  •          Remember it’s not all about looks, it’s what you’re like, not what you look like that really matters

By focusing on the good things you do and the positive aspects of your life, you can change how you feel about yourself.

If you have concerns about the way you look, talk to someone, whether it’s a close friend, family member or a health professional. 


Signposts

Getting Help Locally

Kooth - Free online support for young people in Cornwall

Mind Your Way - Mental health and wellbeing services for young people in Cornwall

Cornwall Healthy Weight - Through their Healthy Weight programme they will support you with weight management, healthy eating and physical activity. 

Find your nearest GP surgery

National Support Websites

Childline - For help and advice about feeling happy in your own skin (or speak to a childline counsellor here)

Rise Above - There is no right or wrong way to look and it’s important to appreciate yourself just the way you are. That being said, even celebrities sometimes get the jitters about how they look! Here you can get inspired and feel good about yourself! 

Need someone to talk to?



Signposts

Local

SHAC - Sexual Health and Contraception

YZUP - Wise up to Drugs and Alcohol

Stop Smoking Service

Cornwall Healthy Weight

Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services

Sunsafe in Cornwall

ABC - Anti-bullying in Cornwall

National

Childline - a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people

Samaritans - 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts

Brook - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people

Kooth - free online support for young people

Think you know - internet safety and safe surfing for young people

Talk to Frank - friendly, confidential drugs advice

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