By: T.S.A./Guest Writer
Question: I feel uncomfortable with my appearance. Self-confidence tips?
Answer: In today’s society people are always only focused on appearances; we are surrounded by “influencers” who show us what “perfect” is supposed to be. However, these standards do not define what beauty is and who you are as an individual.
High school is a tough place to figure out who you are. There are so many other people telling you who to be, what to do, and how you should look, almost as if there is an unspoken law that your value is measured by looks and wealth. As the years go by, students become more judgmental about appearances, which also puts pressure on other people, specifically on their self-confidence.
Even though there are so many other pressures going on around you, it’s important that you stay true to yourself. Confidence comes from within and the first step to having good self-confidence is to ignore the “haters” and judging people around you. Once the negativity is out of the way, it makes accepting yourself so much easier. Focusing on yourself and your goals become the new priority in your life.
The second step is finding the true you by figuring out your interests, style, and personality. The easiest way to achieve that goal is to be more bold by joining clubs and other after school activities. There are so many opportunities to be apart of such as sports, drama club, journalism, art club, scholastic bowl, and anything else that peaks your interest.
The last step is surrounding yourself with friends who are willing to accept the new you. It is essential you have friends that will appreciate the change that you have made to improve yourself and who will push you forward instead of pulling you backwards. Surrounding yourself with good friends is beneficial to how you view yourself your mental health.
Thank you so much for contacting us. Being in high school is hard sometimes, but make sure that you view yourself in a healthy way. Self-confidence is important, and we hope that we gave you a couple of tips to help you!