Welcome to clickbait. You might’ve visited a million websites on how to lose weight and you were hoping to see something different this one time. Lucky for you, this article actually has nothing to do with your physical weight. So in a way, it is different (probably not in the way you wanted it to be). But I recommend that you continue reading this article because you could probably learn a thing or two.
Weight takes form in various ways. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the one that you see, rather it can be the one that you feel. We spend a lot of time worrying about the weight on the outside of our body, and we often don’t realize that the reason why we feel heavy is because of the weight that’s on the inside. It’s important to know how you can lose your “weight” to help you feel better.
Head weight: Ego
What is head weight? Head weight is the weight that certain people carry; people who strongly believe that their opinions are always right and that everybody else is wrong. This person has way too much of an ego and is highly conceited. Sorry to break it to you, but there are people who have invented electric cars, people who have walked on the moon, people who have created the internet, people who have decoded the human genome sequence, and people who have fought for women’s rights being both blind and deaf.
There’s nothing wrong with believing in your own opinions, but there is a certain degree to everything. Being true to yourself is one thing, and being adamant and inflexible is another. You need to learn to be accommodating and keep an open mind. Otherwise, you will not learn and you will not grow. You don’t need alcohol to feel light headed; sometimes it is your own ego that will become your downfall.
Weight from society: Peer Pressure
This is a weight that will consume you, beat you, strangle you, starve you, and then make you look at the mirror and criticize you. This is one weight that will just not leave you alone, so you must know how to lose it. And I wish my words were enough to change your mind, but unfortunately only time can do that. The older you get, the more you just stop caring about a lot of things. Society has set toxic standards and it’s not your fault that you don’t meet them. As a teenager, you can blame it on the hormones. But later you will realize that what Jones said about your nerdy glasses is absolutely redundant and irrelevant.
Mistakes and pressure are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm. – Travis Bradberry
Weight on your chest: Anxiety
Anxiety is like the cousin visiting from out of town. This weight will make you feel suffocated and restless; almost as if somebody were to sit on your chest. People often say, try to breathe and sit in silence, but personally I don’t see how that is supposed to help. If anything it only aggravates the restlessness. I think your restlessness should have an outlet. Play some high tempo rock music and start jumping around and dancing until you tire yourself out. I think when you feel a certain emotion, you should let your body feel it. If you try and divert from those negative feelings, it will come back to bite you in the ass.
Weight on your shoulders: The World
This one’s got to be the heaviest. Feeling the whole world on your shoulders is no easy task. This often happens during the last few months of school, when you have one million tasks to do at once. When doing the IB, every path you take may seem to arrive at a dead end. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, lose your way and puncture your tires. When stress and anxiety clouds your brain, it gets difficult to think straight. Once your mind is clear of stress and you’ve relaxed enough, then go to your laptop and brainstorm. You don’t have to carry the world on your shoulders, you can put it down for a minute and I swear to you, it will still keep spinning.
I hope this article has helped you feel lighter and that some weight has been taken off of your shoulders, not your hips.