I'm a big fan of author Andrew Matthews' book, Being a Happy Teen. He recently posted an article on his website about how telling yourself NOT to do something doesn't work. This is because our brain works in pictures, so when you say to yourself, "don't have an accident," your brain pictures you having an accident. Instead, we should tell ourselves what to do. For example, "drive safely." Another example of this principle is to try telling yourself "do not think about kangaroos." Of course, you are thinking about kangaroos! You can read the full article here. I certainly wasn't taught this at school but I'm going to put it into practice this week and see what happens.
Shukufa Tahiri fled war torn Afghanistan in 1998 as a child. Now, in her early 20s, she is studying law, works as an assistant policy officer with the Refugee Council of Australia and speaks in schools about the issues surrounding refugees.
I finally got around to watching the Embrace documentary on body acceptance by Taryn Brumfitt. It's rated M so you probably want to watch it with your Mum if you're under 15. Watch it with your sister or get some friends together - but just watch it. I wish I had watched it when I was a teenager. It is a bit confronting in places and nothing is out of bounds, but her message is liberating and so important in a society where we are body shamed if we don't fit the perfect body shape (and seriously, who does?). The DVD is available at JB Hi-Fi, Sanity, Big W and online at iTunes. My local library has a copy for loan as well.
There are online stores on Easy.com that sell downloadable digital prints. I love this one from Cre8T which is only $7.18. You can print an A3 size poster of it at K-Mart for only $14 and buy a frame for $4.
You could print out a smaller copy for less. It would make a great gift or decoration for your room.