Getting to know who you are and being true to that person is one of the most important things you can do for your wellbeing. This might involve doing things others find unusual whether that’s getting up at 5am for swimming practice, collecting cute mushroom-shaped plushies because they make you smile, or posting less-than-glam but authentic images to your Instagram feed.
Sometimes, it can be a challenge to tune into that inner voice, the one who knows you best. Anyone who lives in a bustling home, for example, will be all too aware of how tricky it can be to find time just to sit and think. And we’re all influenced by other people’s moods and opinions as well as the ever-shifting trends on social media.
The key is to cultivate a strong sense of who you are, what you love and what makes you feel fulfilled. This might not be obvious straightaway – it can take quite
a while to figure it out – but being aware of your personal values and what brings you joy can help you to get better at recognising it.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ever be influenced by anyone else. Learning from friends, family, teachers and other role models is a crucial part of growing as a person.
But it’s helpful to check in with yourself every so often, perhaps by taking a quiet moment for reflection, and to remember that standing by the real you will always help to keep you grounded.