Self Esteem

A Call For Time Out On Photoshop

Fran Hayden | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Magazines use photoshop and alter images to maintain a quintessential goal for men and women to adhere to, but those who are represented in the media have a luxury that is out of reach to the rest of us.

'I'm Not Worth It' - Why Care Leavers Sabotage Opportunities

Gemma Pettman | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Gemma Pettman

Imagine you have been shortlisted for a job interview; it's the job you have set your heart on and one which potentially opens the door to your dream career. You have researched the company, re-read your CV, ironed your shirt and polished your shoes. Knowing that this could be a turning point, you would turn up for the interview, right?

Starting a Body Positive Conversation

Fran Hayden | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

So accustomed are we to talking about ourselves with a razor-sharp tongue that we forget to spare a kind word every now and again. When we speak negatively about ourselves we are only perpetuating an already toxic culture and advocating the negative sense of self that so many of us have come to learn.

How Can You Help Someone With Low Self-Esteem?

Fran Hayden | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

What can we do as individuals to help improve the self-esteem of those around us? If you see someone or know of someone who is suffering with low self-esteem, here are some things that you can do to help them realise their worth.

Let's Talk About Self-Esteem

Fran Hayden | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

Someone that I grew up with recently unearthed a photo of me at 11 years old as she was packing to move, and when she shared it with me, my heart stopped. It stopped because I remembered. I remember how it felt to be the fat friend.

The Silent Disorder: PCOS

Holly Whiting | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Whiting

Personally, I do not believe PCOS to be taken very seriously as a disorder and I feel this to be because, like mental health issues, often the symptoms go rather unnoticed and therefore people don't believe there is anything wrong with you.

Why I Enjoy Arrogance

Anna Fraser | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Fraser

How about we start to see arrogance as a strength? How about we flip arrogance on its head for a second - I think that arrogance is much like beauty: It's entirely in the eye of its beholder. I say this because I know for a fact that my own 35 year old arrogance (self assured confidence) is often taken in one of two ways ...

Sometimes We Have to Break to Become Whole

Katie Portman | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

In our culture, there is a belief that when things are broken they become unloveable. Which of course means that we discard them. So we chuck out old toys, throw away chipped plates and ditch things that are no longer of value. We give up on broken people. And sometimes, like me at 18, we even try to give up on ourselves...

Is Fear of Failure Paralysing You?

Vicki Marinker | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Marinker

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway was first published in 1987 and is now a bible for personal development. Susan Jeffers believes that fear comes from not feeling good enough about ourselves.

Self-Esteem - The Next Frontier for Women's Equality

BritChick Paris | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Reading a beauty magazine can lower self-esteem by 80%, because all the ads, articles, images are of 'prettier' girls - they promote perfect hair, skin, fashion. Yet most are photo-shopped, so as in the Dove school workshops, mums can demystify these fake ideas.

Killing Me Softly

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

This constant and regular presence on social networking sites (an estimated 4-hours a day) has put young girls in a virtual panorama; the pressures to achieve the perfect makeup, body, weight are magnified in an arena where selfies, revenge porn and body shaming are the norm.

How to Keep Your Light Bright (When Another Woman Shines)

Katie Portman | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

I can still remember the first time I saw the new girl at school. Ten years old, she was my first girl crush. Pretty, stylish, fun and happy, she se...

Body Issues: Obsession, Anxiety and 'Wellness'

Eloise Hendy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Body obsession is contemporary Western culture's default state. When it comes to matters of the flesh it increasingly feels there is no space for neut...

How to Shake Off That Critical Voice

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

Recently the actress, Natalie Portman, made a speech at Harvard admitting to feeling like an imposter. It was interesting to hear that someone so successful suffered the self-same anxieties as many other women.

Karlie Kloss Shares 'Awkward' Teenage Photos Proving Models Don't Have Body Image Nailed

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Style

On the surface, 23-year-old Karlie Kloss has it all. She's a Victoria's Secret model, she's best friends with Taylor Swift and she even heads up her o...

Plagued by Insecurities? Seven Secrets to Beat the Blues

Nadia Mendoza | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nadia Mendoza

The Self-Esteem Team, the group I work with who go into schools teaching students on mental health, self-esteem and exam stress, are writing to David Cameron every single day for the next year in a bid to revolutionise the education system by including mental wellbeing on the curriculum. Until that date is in the diary though, here are seven ways to build resilience...

Facing Your Worst Critic Plus That Damn 'F' Word

Cat Elliott | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Elliott

At the moment I am getting ready (physically and mentally) to head off to Bali for a month in September to do my Yoga Teacher Training. Half of me is overwhelmed with excitement and butterflies, and the other half of me is crippled with fear.

Are Exam Results the 'B' All and End All?

BritChick Paris | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

I couldn't see that exam success is not all defining. Resilience and how you handle life's knockbacks is, of course, far more important. That C was a warning sign that I never listened to, because if C stood confidence, that was a subject that I definitely had not mastered!

Time to Blow Your Own Coronet Loudly!

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

As women we were raised and trained to be modest, no bragging, not to be conceited, maybe even not to stand out or rush to be first in line. So guess what, you are justifiably not comfortable blowing our own coronet! But it's time to change that, 'cause after all, where does it get you! Absolutely nowhere.

Do You Dress to Please Others... Or Yourself?

BritChick Paris | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Style
BritChick Paris

Fashion can play quite a complicated role in the lives of many women. ‎It fills our media, acts as a social currency for chatting to our peers, and is a regular weekend pursuit for many yet how many of us are truly happy getting dressed? How many of us stand in front of a full wardrobe, feeling we have nothing to wear?

Are You Who They Say You Are?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

Studies show that the words we use to describe what we see, determines what we see. I encourage you to be mindful about the labels you give yourself and the labels you give others. They may be words, but these words transform into images in the mind, which can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Living the Selfish Way: Baby Steps to Our Freedom

Olga Levancuka | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

If your life goal is to make anyone proud (even sometimes including yourself, subject to the goals required to be achieved) you are doomed to fail. Not only do you sacrifice the hours you could spend enjoying your life, making yourself and those around you happy, you waste your life on someone who wasted their lives on themselves.

Why 'Sex' Is Becoming a Shorthand for Attractiveness

BritChick Paris | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Confidence in ourselves, in our children is the most powerful weapon for life, for love, for everything. Believing you're great because you're funny, smart, creative or kind is the ultimate force in attraction, and of sexiness. Nothing competes with making someone laugh.

If Low-Income Women Had This, They Could Get Back to Work

Liberty Forrest | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Liberty Forrest

Wouldn't it be an incredible thing if businesswomen in cities everywhere saw how much good they could do their communities by creating programs like this? As women, we are generally nurturers. Shouldn't we be helping to empower other women contribute their gifts to society, whether in work or as volunteers?

An Open Apology to Myself

Cat Elliott | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Elliott

I didn't just 'not love myself,' I didn't actually even like myself. I was angry at myself for so many different things in my past and it not only held me back in my own relationship with myself but got in the way of my relationships with those around me and made me less productive in my everyday life.