I am no expert on mental health I would never dare, I am only writing from my own point of view and my own struggles when I was younger. When I have talked to several younger people, lately my heart breaks for them I remember the self esteem issues that I had as a teenager, the fear I felt when sitting my GCSE exams, and leaving school was terrifying I didn't want to grow up it was scary, I wanted to hang out with my friends get drunk and snog boys, I knew that I couldn't do that I had to study I had to get a job and I had to work hard because I was growing up.
I wrote an earlier post entitled Why did I Hate Myself So Much which I explained how much I hated my looks, I struggled with my self esteem and I had anxiety. I was very attached to my family, I grew up in a very large Italian family, were I was protected and very loved, but I knew I couldn't relay on them all the time, so stepping out into the big bad world for the first time is scary. and for a shy 16 year old it's terrible, I felt very pressured to get my exams, even though my Mother said "do your best", to get a part time job and to stop being jealous of Sharon Davies who lived around the corner she was slim had lovely Blonde hair and fancied my boyfriend, I could never keep up with her, it's only as a older female I realise she must have had the same insecurities as myself only I didn't know it then.
|With the invention of social media these days, I think life is much tougher for this generation the strive for perfection is an impossible dream that will never be achieved, unfortunately. Live your best life do what my old Mum says and live your best life, I have given these words of advice out in the last few weeks, but I am not sure they have gotten through.
Life does get tougher as you get older, but you evolve into an adult slowly there is no need to rush it or worry about it, it happens to you naturally, and you will cope, you really do and at times you will surprise yourself about how strong you can be. I promise. If you need medical help go and seek it, mental health is no longer the stigma that it used to be, and there is lots of help available if you just ask. I hope my words might bring some comfort to those who are struggling and just say you are not alone.
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