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Growing Up and Body Image

How puberty affects self-esteem:

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 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. 
Puberty is an extremely confusing time for girls and it can impact the way we feel about ourselves and the way in which we look after ourselves and our bodies. Sometime we feel confused and as if we are the only one going through it which can make it difficult to talk to others. The changes we experience when we are growing up also are all very personal and which can make it difficult or embarrassing to share stuff with others. If you feel confused, be reassured you are not the only person. Try talking to someone you trust, such as your mum, dad, sister, friends or a teacher you trust. There are also lots of website which you can visit safely and find out more about growing up and body changes. 
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Being happy to be you:
There is no such thing as a perfect body. We are unique in our differences, curves, imperfections and beauty. In today's society, it's become common for people to talk negatively about themselves, in particular their appearance. This negative body talk can also make it feel like it's not polite to accept a compliment, or that talking about what we're good at will be seen as boasting or vanity. But recognising your talents and allowing yourself to value these characteristics is important to developing positive self-esteem. We all have something we are good at and something we like about ourselves. 

The foundation of strong body confidence is taking good care of your body and maintaining a healthy respect for yourself. Talking about our feelings regarding growing up and the changes we are experiencing is vital so we don’t feel confused and can be confident about growing into a women and view ourselves positively. Eating a balanced diet, participating in exercise and activities that you enjoy can help you explore who you are and in maintaining a healthy body and happiness.

Tip: identify ways in which you are unique, the things you enjoy doing, the things you are good at or proud of – this will help you to think positively about yourself.
Understanding who you are can positively impact self-esteem:

Tip: Identify positive role models who celebrate their differences. Identify some of your own differences and think about ways in which you celebrate these.

Are you experiencing low self-esteem or have an interest in the topic? 
Come along to our self-esteem workshops delivered in the Ipswich community. Please click here to find out more information and to register or contact PHOEBE directly on 01473 231566


'A Helper of Many'

19, Tower Street

Citizen Advice Bureau Building

Ipswich, Suffolk



Telephone— 00 44 1473 231566