Teen Breathe – Issue 6

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How many times a day do you say sorry – once, less than 10, more than 20? Brits are famous (or should that be notorious?) for apologising, especially when they haven’t done anything wrong.

It mostly stems from a desire to be polite, consideration for others and to take responsibility for mistakes or unintended hurts. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s a downside, especially when it’s used to avoid awkward situations and it affects your confidence to assert your thoughts and opinions or even to wear the clothes you prefer or eat the food you like.

Try not to be tempted to follow this route. When you know you aren’t doing – and haven’t done – anything wrong, stand firm. Politely assert who you are and what you’re proud to be. And you can be different, now and in your future. That might mean others think you’re geeky because you’re into coding or a bit of an OAP because you love growing plants, but who cares! Do your thing.

Girls code; girls garden; and girls giggle – a lot – which is great as it releases feel-good emotions and develops friendship bonds. Perhaps everyone should be apologising less and laughing more.

Responses (2)

  1. Maria
    June 7, 2018 at 9:27 am · Reply

    Thank you for this feature. My daughter is caught in a “toxic” three-way friendship and has been torn apart by it at times.
    We both read this feature and got a lot from it. I’ve encouraged her to make friends outset that group and so far to good.
    Thank you for raising such an important issue and well done on producing such a thoughtful magazine for teenagers.

    • Josh Alliston
      June 7, 2018 at 9:51 am · Reply

      Hello Maria, thanks so much for the feedback. It is always great to hear from people who are reading the magazine and finding it a positive influence, it makes all the hard work so worth it! Thanks again, the Breathe team

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