ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

Treat Yourself Well

You would think as we exit adolescence and wind our way into adulthood, it would become easier to have a healthy self-image. Unfortunately this is not the case. The rates of self-mutilation, eating disorders, and panic attacks have surprisingly not decreased over the last 18 years. They have stayed the same. What has changed is our ability to successfully hide our unhealthy self-image. How can we learn to accept ourselves, while still striving to be the best people that we can be? We know the Golden Rule is to treat others as we’d like to be treated, but what about the inverse? Why not treat ourselves as we would treat others? So many of us would sooner hurt ourselves, put ourselves down, not give ourselves credit than do the same to another person.

Your job, relationship, education, socio-economic status, parents, size—none of these things define you. They are part of a tapestry that make up a person, but individually are just specs. There are as many things to be in awe of as there are to dissect and tear down about ourselves, and yet we rarely dwell on those aspects.

Life is very short, and yet it is too long to live in fear of one self. One’s potential is based in part on their self-image, so see the best in who you are. You will thank yourself one day.