Female leaders are being celebrated ahead of International Women’s Day, on March 8th. Tesa Drew, a local leader in bringing awareness to mental illness, said there’s still a lot of work to do in order to move away from an appearance-oriented society.
To help others achieve self-love and mental well-being in a community that’s focused on looks, Drew shares her journey to eating disorder recovery with others on the same path.
Drew explained that learning to love and accept herself has been one of the biggest challenges she’s faced on her journey to healing.
“I think these days with social media and the way society is portraying the quote unquote beautiful person, and with diet culture, it makes it so difficult for anybody, especially females, to accept themselves for who they are and to accept their bodies, personalities, quirks and flaws. I tried to become this person or this idea of perfection for so long that I compromised who I actually was as a person.” – Tesa Drew, Mental Health Advocate
A steppingstone in conquering these feelings of insecurity was realizing that the only opinion she needed to care about was her own.