Dear Carol

"Dear Carol, I feel really self-conscious about my body lately"

Dear Carol,

I’ve been feeling very self-conscious about my body lately. I love swimming, but I feel uncomfortable in a swimsuit. I have a big chest, and I’m curvy which doesn’t help. My family is going to a waterpark soon, and I want to be able to have fun. What should I do?

- Self-Conscious

Dear Self-Conscious,

Almost everyone goes through this stage, especially when bodies are changing so fast. Looking back, I spent way too many hours/days/weeks/months/maybe even years worrying about how I was looking. Find a suit that fits your body, offers support and makes you smile (maybe it’s in a fun print or your favorite bright color). Take a deep breath and focus on having fun.

Carol Weston is the author of 16 books. The first is Girltalk. The latest is Speed of Life, her novel and audiobook about a 14-year-old girl who writes to an advice columnist. Check out and follow her on Instagram @carolwestonnyc.

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by GL | 6/27/2024