Hey! It’s me again! If this is your first time here, then, hi, how are you? My name is Faith. Let’s be friends.
If you read my last blog post, you might know that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to gain more confidence. I’ve made progress, but I’m not really here to talk about that. I just wanted to give some tips and things that I’ve personally found helpful.
In my drama class, we have a rule. If you put someone down, you owe them two put ups. This is basically a way to prevent bullying in the classroom, but i am trying to get into the habit of doing this for myself. Anytime I catch myself being negative towards myself, I want give myself two put ups with the hopes that will help me be more positive and confident. I challenge you to do same thing. Get rid of the habit of being so hard on yourself, and start loving yourself.
Every morning and every night, look in the mirror and say at least one kind to yourself. Start the day on a positive note, and end on a positive note too.
If you’re feeling down, force yourself to smile for at least five seconds. It may be the fakest smile you’ve ever given. Do it anyway. I started doing this my freshmen year of high school, and I can honestly say that this alone works most of the time. No, it doesn’t solve your problems forever. But it does brighten the mood a bit. I don’t know why, but it does.
In my last post, I talked about how I don’t like reading aloud and how I walk head down at school. When the teacher needs a volunteer, I’ve been forcing myself to raise my hand and read aloud. I’m not stuttering anymore when I read aloud, and I honestly like reading aloud now. When I catch myself walking head down, I force myself to walk with my head up. I encourage you to do the same. Force yourself to do the thing you’re nervous to do. Force yourself to walk with your head held up to prevent that crown from falling. You are beautiful and if you look down, no one will see your pretty face.
As you may know if you follow me on social media, Megan and Liz are my favorite singers. Liz recently opened up for the first time about having anorexia. In her blog post that revealed the dark secret, she said that the time she spent growing her ED could’ve been spent doing something creative. I’ve thought about that sentence a lot. Now, I do not, nor have I ever, struggled with an ED. However, I took that sentence to heart. When I am stressed or feeling down, a new habit I’m trying to get into is to do something creative. Draw, write, make YouTube videos, do something artsy. It doesn’t have to look like a piece by Leonardo Da Vinci, and my YouTube videos don’t have to come out like RCLBeauty101, and my writing doesn’t have to be as good as Nicholas Sparks. My art, videos, and writing just have to be me and my imagination. I think you should try this too. Get away from stress and feeling down by doing something creative. Don’t waste time feeding dark thoughts when you could spend time with friends, making art, or making a difference.
I am getting into the habit of working out everyday, and I think that has helped me be happier too. Working out tires me out and makes me sore, but in some twisted way, it makes me feel good.
Another new thing I am trying: for a while now, I’ve been insecure about my appearance. I look like I am twelve years for starters. A new thing I’m going to be trying is to fix my personality instead of my face. Rather than work on my winged eyeliner and new hair dos, I want to work on being a kinder person, thinking better thoughts, and working harder in everything I do. Yes, I will probably still watch hair and make up tutorials and attempt to look older than twelve years old(I am sixteen). But I hope that my working on my inner appearance, my physical appearance won’t matter to me as much.
Psalm 139:14 ” I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”
God created you in His image. God does not make mistakes. You are beautiful and here for a reason.
I hope you found this post to be helpful. If you have any questions, want more advice, or want to contact me, you can do so through Tumblr, twitter, or Facebook. You can contact me anytime you want to talk.
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You are loved.