**Warning: long post full of feels/repost because the last pic I used looked like I was declaring undying love for Alex** I went to the gym last week. In the changing rooms were two girls - age 12/13 - weighing themselves on the scales. They were saying how much weight they had gained and how they would have to STOP EATING to lose it.
I havent been able to stop thinking about this. I wish I had stopped and told them that they were absolutely perfect/so much more than their shape and size/to never waste their time believing anything different. What’s more, I wish I would listen to myself, for myself.
Being in Parliament yesterday for @youngwomenscot
with so many incredible women, all of whom have a different story, has finally empowered me to say it how it is in my life. Depression, eating disorders, anxiety and body dysmorphia have all played a part in my life, at one point or another. They have manifested in numerous ways, from berating myself each day in the mirror to a complete breakdown where everything became disconnected. They have constantly felt like the barriers, blockades and bollards stopping me from getting to where I want to be.
Pouring your thoughts and feelings out on social media apparently comes quite easy to some - not me. By opening up and speaking honestly, conversations can be had, positivity can be spread, and feelings of shame or loneliness can be eroded. There is never going to be a perfect time to start opening up or taking charge of your thoughts and feelings. There will, however, always be young girls who are standing on scales, believing they are not good enough. How can I ever turn round to them and tell them they are perfect as they are, if I am part of the problem with my fakeass “life is always fine” social media.
So hey, I’m the girl on the scales who constantly compares/feels inadequate/imposter syndrome etc and my instagram is now going to be a place for me to explore who I am, cut out the fake bullshit and contribute a bit more reality to this current unrealistic space we all go to compare ourselves. Feel free to unfollow 😘
#scotwomenrise #positivity #selflove #life #strength #mentalhealth #recovery #anxiety #wellness