Be open, try out new ideas and activities. Even if you donot know anything about the activity, or even if you think you may not like it, try it out.Nakanobe J, 11, P5, Kisugu PS, Kampala Some people are shy because they donot know some things. Trying out newideas and activities helps you learnmore. This makes you more confident.But before you try out a new idea or activity, talk to someone and be sure itis good for your health.
Say “YES” to new ideas
People will treat you withrespect. You will feelconfident about yourself.Bath, brushyour teethand wear cleanclothes.
Join drama, debating or life skill club like YoungTalk where you will meet new people.The more you meet new people, the more confi-dent you become.
Join a club
Mugisha Arnold, 13,P7, St Aloysious PS,Mbarara, says: Imag-ining good thingsabout yourself and be-ing serious in class canhelp you stop beingshy. Picture yourself asa confident, happy andliked person.
Think good about yourself
Hormones are small messengers pro-duced by our bodies. They are naturalchemicals that tell our bodies when and how to growand when to reach pu-berty. There are different types of hormones.Growth hormones makeour bones grow long. Sexhormones make our bod-ies change like growingpubic hair and developingpimples. They also tell our testes to produce sperm
Be clean, smart
cells and our ovaries to ripen and release the female eggs. They can also give ussexual feelings.In girls, hormones make thebreasts grow large and controlmenstruation cycle.For boys, hormones cause beards to grow, muscles to grow bigger and the voice to change. Whenour bodies produce little sex hor-mones, pubertymay be delayed.On the other hand, if our bodiesproduce a lot of sex hormoneearly puberty may start early.
Dr Paul Semugoma,International Hospital Kampala
The good and bad of shyness
Namakula B, 11, P5, New Era PS, Wakiso, says: “I
f I am talking to people,I do not look into their eyes. I just look above their heads and say what I want to say to them.
”Good idea, Namakula. This works well when you are speaking to many peoplelike at the assembly or in front of theclass. But if you are talking to one per-son, it is best to make eye contact
Look above headsBad
People can harm you knowing you won’t say anything.
You may be misunderstood. You may mean NO but your actions suggest YES.
People may avoid you thinking that you are not friendly.
You may not get chosen as a class monitor or prefect.
You may fear to get help.
Shyness maybe helpful.
You observe things beforedoing them.
You are protected from talking tostrangers who may harm you.
You take time to feel comfortable with new people and new places.
Ndagire and Zalwango fromNew Era smile to beat shyness