How Can I Keep Strong When I’m Being Brought Down?

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

By Hanna Munin

“You’re ugly”, “You’re stupid”, “No one likes you” are all phrases that are hard to hear whether they are being said by your best friend, your boyfriend, your mentor, or your parent. If the people who are supposed to love you no matter what are treating you like you aren’t worth anything to them, how is that supposed to make you feel? Especially as a teenager, our image of who we are is greatly affected by those around us. So if the people around us are making us feel bad about ourselves, who is there to pick up the pieces?

Luckily, there are things you can do to make you happier and keep a positive image of who you are. If you’ve made it this far in life and have had people bringing you down, you are strong. You are strong enough to rise up against the mean and judgemental things people say to you that bring you down.

Something that can help is to get reassurance. Talking to a school counselor or a teacher or friend that you relate to can help to reassure that what you are going through isn’t fair to you and you deserve better. Also, if you haven’t tried it already, try talking to that person that is upsetting you about how they make you feel. It can help if you have a friend come with you to talk with the person that is upsetting you. Letting that person know how you feel is important, because there is no need for you to suffer alone. If that person knows that you are being hurt, they can try to change their behavior to hopefully make the situation better.

 Lastly, it’s time to rearrange some things. Try to build yourself a positive support system of people that really do like you for who you are and don’t want to bring you down. Along with that, start doing nice things for yourself to help build up your personal image. These can be things such as going on a nice run or walk on your own a few times a week, or going out to a nice place to get some sunshine, like a trail or park, and sit down and plug in your headphones to listen to some music. These little things can all build up to change you from being stressed out and upset to being carefree and happy!

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