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Being the eldest can be hard, you are the first sibling to go to school, college, and to have relationships. But it also allows you to experience life and pass on the best bits of advice to your siblings that you wish someone had given you.
We asked our social media followers what advice they would give to their younger brother, and this is what they said…
Don’t bottle things up. It’s good to talk. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, sad or worried then talk to someone. The belief that boys and men shouldn’t show their emotions is damaging. So be brave, even if you feel vulnerable for a bit you will feel much better after sharing your feelings.
Whether it’s your friends, family or romantic interests, make sure you surround yourself with people that make you feel good about yourself. You can’t expect everyone to be happy all the time but if you feel you are putting a lot into a relationship and not getting the same in return then maybe it’s time to distance yourself a little.
Always treat others how you would like to be treated yourself. Be honest with yourself and with other people – even if the truth is going hurt. We all make mistakes but lying to cover them up just makes things 100 times worse in the long run.
You’re only young once so have fun! But make sure you stay safe. When you start having sex, if you haven’t already, then make sure you use a condom! Whatever type of sex you’re having and whoever it is with you need to protect yourself and them from STIs and unwanted pregnancy.
There’s no point in worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet. Enjoy the present. It doesn’t matter if you’re not the cleverest or funniest person in your class just make sure you always do the best you can and be proud of yourself for that.
Thanks to Cassie, 22, for explaining how she learned the importance of setting boundaries in her relationships and why that is an act of self-love.
Thanks to Hannah, 20, for sharing why she’s currently choosing to be single and explaining why it’s important to ensure you make time for your friends when you’re in a relationship.
Adam, 21, shares how he approached his first break up and the key things he learned from that experience.
Rachel, 19, explains why prioritising time for yourself when you’re in a relationship is essential. She shares how investing energy into self-growth has allowed both her and her relationship to flourish.
Em, 22, tells us how their consumption of romance-based films and TV from an early age led to an unhelpful obsession with finding ‘The One’. They share how learning to fall out of love with love has improved their relationship with themself.
Nicole, 21, shares how her first relationship was a truly happy and formative experience but why she’s happy to now be single.
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