This month, 7th grade student Sofya Mehta writes candidly about the importance of accepting yourself for who you are in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life. Sofya is 7th-grade student at Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India.
I am ugly, stupid, ___ (fill in the blank). When is the last time you heard that nagging voice in the back of your head? We can all be incredibly hard on ourselves. With constant exposure to social media, pressure to fit into a peer group, demands from parents and coaches, and other stressors, teens nowadays are particularly vulnerable to being self-critical.