With #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek nearing the end, the conversations shouldn't stop. It's very important that we continue to talk openly with one another about our mental health and to reach out when we're struggling.
I started to become body-conscious around the age of ten, just little things that I would compare myself against. I was mocked for my freckles (of which I have many covering my body!), my face, etc. This inadequate feeling built up through high school where girls would compare weights, chest size, etc. all portraying the idea that our bodies were a competition. Around the age of fifteen/sixteen, I started to watch what I ate and often would miss dinner altogether. I wasn't an unhealthy weight, I think more the expectations between girls at school - and the onset of depression/anxiety all added up together to stop me eating.
Now, a few years on, my diet is better and I'm less body-conscious. I think after leaving school, it became much easier to stop overthinking what I ate and what I looked like. I wouldn't consider myself to be body-conscious anymore. I know of people who have had far worse experiences with body image, and I'm glad mine was only school-related, it's more the depression and anxiety that I struggle with now. If you're currently struggling with body image, then I would encourage you to reach out for professional help.
Take care, Sophie x
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