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Always comparing myself

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I’m 15 year old boy who hates his body I’m always comparing myself to other boys and I feel ugly that I hurt and burn myself what do I do

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Hi there, thanks for getting in contact!
 
Welcome to Ask Alex. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your feelings, especially when they’re difficult ones. Know that you’re not alone in feeling this way. Many teenagers struggle with body image and self-esteem, and it’s completely normal to have these feelings.
 
We want you to know that your worth is not defined by how you look. You are so much more than your appearance. It’s okay to feel insecure, but please remember that you are unique and valuable just as you are. Comparing yourself to others can be harmful, as everyone is different and has their own strengths and weaknesses.
 
We are truly sorry to hear that you’re hurting yourself. This is a serious issue, and it’s important to seek help. There are people who care about you and want to support you through this. Whether it’s talking to a trusted adult, reaching out to a counsellor, or contacting organisations like Pieta.ie there are resources available to help you cope and heal.
 
Remember, healing takes time, and it’s ok to ask for help along the way. You are deserving of love and support, and there are people who want to see you thrive. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance whenever you need it. You are not alone in this journey. This article helpful for you www.childline.ie/my-body/.
 
You can always contact us at Childline by freephone 1800 66 66 66 or Messenger at www.childline.ie, if you would like to talk some more. We are confidential, non-judgmental, open 24/7, and always here for you, for any reason, any time.
 
Take care of yourself, and know that brighter days are ahead,
Alex

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