Don't Feel Comfortable In My Own SkinFeelingsDon't Feel Comfortable In My Own Skin<div class="ExternalClass92056DE4850F4E33B14063536D4278FF"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Today’s my first day of senior year and I’m freaking out about the way I look, when I definitely need to be freaking out over more important things like college and life after high school. two days ago I went school shopping, and I tried on countless pairs of jeans that didn't fit. I know high school and the things people say in high school won't matter in a year when I'm off in college, but I've seemed to always struggle with things like this. I never fit right into any jeans, my hair never looks right, and it’s very hard and stressful to be at school and look at everyone’s jeans that do fit them, and do make them look good. I don’t ever feel comfortable in my own skin and it’s to the point where I don’t want to do anything but remain inside. I don’t know what to do anymore, I'm really at a loss.</span><br></div><div class="ExternalClass929DB795C7DB47C2A592D7B744A6D0B8"><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">We are so glad you are reaching out for help today. For today, believe that when people see you they will be looking at YOU and not focusing on the fit of your jeans. If you step back for a few seconds, you will realize that almost everyone at school may be having the same anxiety that you are. Some kids will break out this morning from stress. Some kids will wear the same clothes they wore last year. </span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Since this has been a struggle for you for quite some time, it may be that you need to work on self esteem and acceptance of your positive qualities.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Try these tips and tools to help you work through these feelings:<br></span></p><p><a href="/Pages/self-esteem.aspx"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/self-esteem.aspx</span></a><br style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;"></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;"> You are still the same wonderful and amazing person that you were yesterday. Embrace yourself today and put on a smile that says 'here I am world'. Don't hide yourself! Many people will be excited to see you in their classes and won't care what you are wearing. Join the excitement – you only get one first day!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Stay safe!</span></p><p><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:17.3333px;color:#333333;">Karen, counselor</span><br></p></div>17

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