Seeing is Believing? The Pros and Cons of Photo Editing

There are tons of apps to choose from now, and they can do nearly anything. I downloaded one as an experiment when I first began to look into this, and I was amazed at what I could do – I could erase my (quite epic) under-eye bags. Smooth away the red patches on my skin. Make my eyes look a bit brighter. All for a few minutes’ work. Another app allowed me to change the shape of my face, make my eyes bigger, make my hair darker and shinier.

I looked at the photos for a moment and thought…

What is the impact of editing our selfies?

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How do you know when you’re in love? (and other questions)

What comes to mind when we think of love? We might think of our hearts racing when we see someone. Our stomach flipping when they smile at us. We might think of wanting to be with that person all the time, of missing them when they’re not around. We might think of friendship, fun, and laughter. After a while, when you are in a truly loving and healthy relationship, those exciting, first-dating feelings will eventually mellow and mature into something strong and unique and special.

Ultimately, though, I think there are other questions we need to ask about love.

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Sometimes it's Okay to Walk Away

Sometimes it’s short arguments, a quick row, and then you’re friends again by the end of the day. Other times, the issues with a friendship are more subtle, slow-burning. It builds and builds through small incidents, like a comment taken the wrong way. Bit by bit, you begin to resent each other. And slowly, it infects the friendship group, spreading to more people. Rumours are spread, and things are misunderstood. People begin to cut off communication with you. Or maybe, people begin to pressure you into doing or saying things you don’t want to. Suddenly it’s hard to come to school. Suddenly people are looking at you differently.

The problem I had is that I couldn’t recognise the signs of an unhealthy friendship – and I didn’t know when to walk away.

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How are you (really)?

Mental health includes our emotional, social and psychological well-being, which can all have an impact on many areas of our lives – including our thoughts, feelings, actions, and the way we relate to each other. Many people can find themselves struggling with their feelings from time to time – it is more common than you may think.

It is very important that we learn to recognise, and take care of, our mental health – just in the same way we would take care of our physical health. So how can we do that?

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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall ...

It is harder than ever to feel good about the way that we look. We are now able to look at celebrities and role models that we admire every day on Instagram and Snapchat – what they eat, what they wear, what they buy, and what they look like. The problem is, a lot of these images can be edited in ways that are so subtle we might not even notice – some apps let us change our eye colour, airbrush our skin, and even change the shapes of our bodies. Even though we might know that a lot of people filter or edit their pictures – what are these images of perfection doing to us? How does looking at them day after day impact the way we feel about ourselves?

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Who Am I?

Have you ever asked the question: ‘Who am I? What makes me, me?’

As a teenager, I really struggled to understand who I was. I started to put value into what I did, as opposed to who I was as a person. Mistakes weighed heavily on me; an angry outburst to a friend or a failed piece of homework started to change how I felt about myself.

I also started to obsess about other people. I looked at other people in my year and wondered how I could copy their lives – how I could become more like them, if only I was good at this subject, if only I found public speaking easier, if only I felt as bubbly and confident as them. I started to pin all my hopes on becoming someone completely different.

I didn’t realise I was losing myself in the process.

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Welcome to Revealed Projects

Hello, and welcome to the Revealed Projects blog!

We wanted to start the blog with an introduction to what we do at Revealed Projects and how it all began.

Revealed Projects is an early intervention initiative based in Weston-super-Mare, launched in 2016 by Holy Trinity Church. Our aim is to inspire young people to be confident in who they are, and to develop skills to build healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives. We run large group and small group workshops for young people around self-esteem and healthy relationships.

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