Media is a big influencer and it is literally right in our finger tips. It has such a large effect on our lives and if we keep trying to measure up to the things people say and do (including celebrities) we begin to lose the sense we have of ourselves and start to develop complicated personal values. When we allow ourselves to be negatively influenced by social media we start to subconsciously compare ourselves to the unrealistic women displayed in every form of social media. (The women in the millions of magazines and commercials are regular women doing their jobs. I want to be clear that this is not about shaming the beautiful women doing their jobs; there is nothing wrong with being a model or actress.)
Society is always pushing “beauty standards” and working to dictate our emotions. With this constant media bombardment of unreachable standards of beauty, learning to love yourself is all the more important. Take the time to learn more about who you are, and never stop striving to discover all that you are capable of doing. Take control of your own standards, and mold yourself into the person that you need to be.
As we go through our daily routine, we run into the daily challenge of staying positive and secure about the choices we make. Too often, I find that so many of us want to “fit in” and follow certain styles. When we try to conform, we suppress the truer version of ourselves, and ultimately that is not healthy. Instead, I recommend mixing things up— It is a fun way to give ourselves an extra boost of confidence and to experiment with ourselves to find what we truly like. Don’t be afraid to show the world your true self!
Edited by Samantha McDonald