Changing for the better

By Meghan CarrollNews Editor

Carroll getting her head in the game.
Photo by Meghan Carroll.

Change—something that everyone goes through. There are many factors when it comes to the growth of a person. Since being at Lasell, many things have made me the kind of person I am today. I’m grateful for growth and there is still a lot I have to learn, especially after Lasell, but reflecting over the years, here are some things I have learned. 

1. Take social media breaks.

Nowadays, people get caught up in how many likes they are getting on their Instagram photo, how many followers they have, etc. Don’t let it control your life. I found myself staring at photos for minutes on end thinking, “Do I look good in this,” “Is right now a good time to post this?” I was constantly comparing myself to other people. It created unhealthy habits and made me feel as if I had to live up to a certain standard. Save yourself the worry and take a break. Enjoy your life as it is and don’t live through a screen. 

2. Don’t hold yourself back. 

Self doubt has always been something I’ve struggled with. Whether it be for school work, on the court, or just living my daily life, I’ve always been hesitant to challenge myself, fearing failure. I’ve realized that it’s a part of life. It makes you stronger, it builds character. There’s a chance you’ll fail but there is also a chance to succeed. So take the chance. 

3. Love yourself. 

Freshman year into sophomore year, I struggled with an eating disorder. I was restricting my body, excessively working out, and was never satisfied with how much I weighed. It created a path of self destruction; an unhealthy relationship with my sports and the gym. Working out was something I had previously enjoyed, along with basketball and volleyball, and suddenly my sports and the gym became something I would dread. I had clearly lost weight and people were telling me how “great” I looked, not knowing that I was struggling. I didn’t know it either. And once the compliments had come to a halt, I thought I needed to do more. It was a very dark time period and I’m grateful for my closest friends and family who had helped me out of that. It was a long process to get my mind in the right place. I still struggle with reminding myself. I have my good days and my bad days. If anyone else is struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out, whether it be a friend, family member, or you can even feel free to email me.

4. Don’t let other people’s opinions affect you.

 I’ve always been one to care about what people think of me. Especially with social media. I noticed my anxiety heightening posting on social media, always caring about how people will react. I’ve learned that I have people who support me and people who could care less about what I do. Find the people who support you and stick with them. 

5. Mental health is important. 

My eating disorder led me to a path of social anxiety and depression. It was never something I talked about until Junior year where I couldn’t stand to deal with it by myself any longer. I had talked to my athletic trainer and they referred me to the counseling center. And although I didn’t stick with it throughout the whole year, it helped me a lot. It made me realize that I’m not the only one who has gone through it. I was so grateful for them, as well as the training staff. There was a lot of support that was thrown my way and it made me feel a little less lonely. So if you are struggling, understand you’re not alone. Take a breather, take a day to yourself, talk to a friend, a professor, a coach. Just don’t do it by yourself because the best way to heal is to surround yourself with those who care about you.

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