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feeling Not Enough

Do you ever have times where you wonder, “Am I good enough?” Well, you are not alone. Feeling not enough is challenging, and often hurts. Feeling like you don’t match up to the people around you can be stressful and make you really sad. And if you are feeling like this don’t worry, there is hope.

Below are some resources that will help, but first here are simple things you can do to get back on track.

Firstly, start affirming yourself. In other words, start telling yourself things that you like about yourself – as if you were speaking your best friend. This might be hard at the start, but just think of anything. Literally, ANYTHING. Practice telling yourself that thing again, and again. Seriously, it works, the science doesn’t lie.

Okay, social media makes it super easy to feel like you are not good enough, I know, we have all been there. But you’ll start to feel better when you stop focusing on others and start focusing on yourself.

In the words of Will Smith, “We spend money that we don't have, on things we don't need, to impress people who don't care.”

So, do what makes you — not other people — happy. Feeling like you’re not enough can lead you to take on friends, hobbies, projects that you think will make you look good, rather than make you happy. But when you do what makes you truly happy you can shake off the weight of judgements and expectations of others

Next, recognise that you have value. Even if you think it is in the smallest way, just acknowledge it. Start small. You don’t have to be the best at everything. Just acknowledge what is important to you, try being the best you can be at whatever it is, and if you fail, don’t let the failure define you.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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Great
reads

Good Selfie by Turia Pitt
This book contains simple strategies to help kids and teens build self-confidence, get through hard times and go after massive goals.

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox
This novel explores grief, anxiety, depression and dissociative disorder in the most careful of ways.

The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan
This book explains what stress is and looks at the ways teenage stress is different.

Great
Films

Mulan
Mulan's father is weak and is asked to join the army. Unwilling to endanger his life, she disguises herself as a man and joins the army in his place.

Soul
A jazz musician, stuck in a mediocre job, finally gets his big break. However, when takes the wrong step, he tries to help an infant soul in order to return to reality.

Kung Fu Panda
When Po the Panda gets selected as the Dragon Warrior, he decides to team up with the Furious Five and destroy the evil forces that threaten the Valley of Peace.

Spotify

You were always and always will be good enough. You are a power force of nature and it is time you realise that. This playlist might help!

Podcasts

Enough Already
Join Callie Brown as she provides conversations, realisations and resources for when you've had enough of not feeling enough.

Teenager Therapy
This episode focuses on Insecurities and Not Feeling Good Enough, and is facilitated by 5 teenagers who open up about their experiences.

The Grow Your Mind Podcast
This episode focuses on changing your mindset to 'Being of Benefit' to yourself and others.

Places to find more resources

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