What is real beauty?
In today’s society, 6 out of 10 girls are concerned with the way they look and as a result will opt out of participating fully in day-to-day activities such as swimming, visiting the doctors and going to school. Moreover, 19% of teenage girls are overweight but 67% think they need to lose weight. Low self-esteem can cause young people to become excluded and disconnected from society, surrender their individuality and fail to recognise their full potential.
As a result, P.H.O.E.B.E delivers self-esteem workshops regularly in local schools across the Ipswich area in order to address the issue of low self-esteem and promote body confidence.
The workshops are aimed at all young girls, aged 8 – 19 and encourage the girls to develop positive self-esteem through engaging them in a range of different activities which are practical, interactive and engaging.
Self-esteem is a prominent issue for today’s young people. Below is some information on different topics which may be related to the way you feel about and value yourself. Each topic also includes useful tips on boosting yourself-esteem and useful links for further information.
Girls change enormously during adolescence and sometimes self-esteem can suffer. Developing good habits, worrying less about comparing ourselves to others girls and positive body talk can help boost our self-esteem. Some ways in which we can achieve this is through:
Family, friends and relationships
The impact of low self-esteem on your life can be significant and you may find that all areas of your life are affected in some way and confirm your core belief that you are of little value. Many people with low self-esteem can find themselves forming damaging relationships as they do not feel they deserve to be treated with love and respect, and as a result, many individuals allow friends or future partners to take advantage of them and control them as you develop your sense of self in the world, the relationships you have with your close family members and your friends will influence your sense of self-worth. You will learn ideas, values and beliefs from your parents and they will contribute towards you developing healthy and positive behaviours. Read more..
Role of media
Research conducted nationally, has identified that young people in today’s society are hugely challenged to create their own identity when surrounded by the media that portrays a distorted and unachievable view on beauty and what is considered “perfect”. The media and celebrity culture focuses solely on physical appearance as the definition of ‘beauty’. It is therefore important for you girls to widen that definition of beauty and expand on it to include,attributes beyond just physical appearance such as intelligence and your. However, we recognise that this is challenging, especially in a society where celebrity influence is everywhere, from obsessions with celebrity style in magazines, to following celebrities on Twitter, to watching ‘reality TV’ and looking at airbrushed images and photo-sharing social media sites. attributes beyond just physical appearance such as intelligence and your personality which can also make you beautiful. Read more..
Girls change enormously during adolescence and sometimes self-esteem can suffer. Developing good habits, worrying less about comparing ourselves to others girls and positive body talk can help boost our self-esteem. Some ways in which we can achieve this is through: Healthy conversations about our bodies and the ways that they are changingBeing attuned to the changes and ‘understanding what’s going on’ – we can talk to mums, dads, sisters, friends or a teacher you trust.Focusing on who we are as an individual and why we are special and unique in our appearance, background, likes/dislikes and relationships.Positive relationships with parents, siblings and friends Read more..
Growing up and body image
As you get older, you will go through puberty. Puberty is completely natural and it is when a girl grows up into a young woman. Every girl goes through it, but it can be a tough time. Puberty usually happens between the ages of 10 and 14, but every girl is different. We all grow and change at different rates, and there’s nothing you can do to make it happen sooner or later. Your body will change when it’s ready.Your breasts grow quickly or slowly. Your breasts may grow quickly or slowly. You might have your first period, then not have another one for months. You will also get taller, your body will become curvier and you may notice spots appearing. You might have mood swings and feel emotional about all the changes happening but your feelings will settle down eventually. There’s no such thing as “normal”, so don’t panic if your experience is different from other girls.Read more..
Teasing and Bullying
Bullying can take place in many forms including: physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling and cyber bullying (through a mobile phone or online) and can happen anywhere; at school, travelling to and from school, in sporting teams, in a neighbourhood and even in the workplace. A UK Government study by Ofsted found that in schools today, the most commonly experienced form of bullying is related to an individual’s appearance. A UK Government study by Ofsted found that in schools today, the most commonly experienced form of bullying is related to an individual’s appearance. In primary schools students are bullied mainly on their actual physical aspects such as red head, being tall or small or “fat” or “skinny”.Read more..