My Mental Health Tips for Teens
1: Find your sweet spot
Many of us wake up sometimes, look in the mirror, and feel like we aren’t good enough. Since I struggled with an eating disorder when I was younger, I have more than a few hours every week where I don’t feel 100% satisfied with my body. Since I know that the negative thoughts I have surrounding my body aren’t healthy thoughts, I’ve made it a weekly goal of mine to constantly work on my strengthening my mind and my body. It’s OKAY to not always be okay.
2: Don’t compare yourself to others
In the current day and age of social media, comparing yourself to others is inevitable. I spent way too much time when I was younger focusing on other people I wanted to look like instead of focusing on being the most confident version of myself. My best piece of advice for avoiding all of the negative feelings that social media stems is to keep your vision clear. Fill your feed with strong and inspiring people, like Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence. The more positive your feed is, the more inspired you will be ALL of the time!
3: Talk to your parents
When I was younger, I avoided talking to my parents at all costs. What I didn’t realize is that my parents truly want the best for me, as much as I wanted to avoid talking to them in public at all times. If you don’t have one person you feel comfortable talking to when anything (good or bad) happens, then it could be beneficial to find a hotline that you can call or a therapist who accepts your insurance. There are many free 24/7 hotlines that you can call depending on what you’re dealing with. At the end of the day, if you need to sit your mom down and have a nice cry, you’ll probably be surprised at how much better you’ll feel afterward.
4: Never give up on your dreams
I hear the word “no” multiple times every day. Just because I’ve got a substantial career from my blog doesn’t mean that I’ve made the mark that I want. If I had given up on my blog the minute I heard my first “no”, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Your dreams become your destiny, and following them will give you the life you dream of. Even if your parents or your friends don’t support what you want to do, remember that this is your life: proving people wrong is my life motto.