POSITIVE BODY IMAGE
Take charge of the way you see yourself.
In today’s day and age, women have to unfortunately make a conscious effort at maintaining a positive body image. We are bombarded on a daily basis with magazines, billboards, and commercials that feature unrealistic bodies that can cause us to think negatively about our body type or health. What we don’t realize is that this type of thinking can be hugely detrimental to how we, and others, view ourselves. It’s all too easy to get caught in the media-trap of wanting to be skinnier, to have perfect skin, and to be the most enviable out of all our friends, but these unrealistic expectations aren’t doing us any favours and just weaken our self-confidence. And after all, isn’t a woman who is self-confident and comfortable in her own skin one of the most beautiful things she can be? Embracing and learning to love yourself are incredibly important and will lead you to living a more fulfilling and happy life!
It’s easy to see why accepting yourself and keeping a positive body image is vital to happiness, but now the question of how to actually accomplish this comes up. After all, like I mentioned before, it’s hard work! We’re constantly being told that we’re not good enough. That we need to buy the latest and greatest makeup tool. That we need to lose more weight. That we need plastic surgery to fix that beautifully unique nose that sets you apart from their definition of beauty. And to this, we say no more! It’s time to take back your body and confidence and start seeing yourself in a positive light. Here are some simple and practical tips to help you get started.
1. Start your morning off with a positive thought.
It’s easy to wake up in the morning and not like what you see in the mirror. Maybe a huge pimple rudely planted itself smack in the middle of your forehead or your feeling a bit fluffy from that night of drinks and salty food. You’re feeling down on yourself and thinking negative thoughts. Stop! One of the biggest and easiest changes you can do to change your mindset on yourself is to simply refuse to let those insecurities consume you. Instead, say one or two things that you like about yourself out loud. Trust me, this really works. So what if you feel a little heavier? Compliment yourself on how soft and feminine your curves are- they’re sexy! That pimple? It’s hardly noticeable with those gorgeous eyes and cascading hair. It seems a bit strange, but we’re our biggest critics and you need to make a conscious effort to mentally change the way you view yourself.
2. Set yourself up with good intentions.
Make plans each day on what you want to accomplish and start including some healthy habits into your routine. From my own personal experience, I’ve found that starting my day off on the right foot with a healthy breakfast and a workout that involves some heart-healthy cardio and weightlifting do wonders for my self-confidence. I know that I am doing good things for my body and that it reflects and shines through my skin to my appearance. Those endorphins make me feel happy, fulfilled, and excited about the things my body can do. So what if I’m not skin and bones? I can drop a weighted squat like nobody’s business and my legs are capable of taking me along gorgeous runs along the beach. Change from unhealthy habits such as skipping meals or sitting on the couch all day to being kind to your body and I guarantee your body image will drastically improve!
3. Put yourself up in challenging and rewarding situations.
Maybe you have a habit of sitting in the back of the class to avoid others or you let others take the lead when it comes to projects at work. Make an effort to stand out from the crowd and take on a new situation that invigorates you and has you interacting with others. You have great ideas and potential and by taking on a more assertive role, you’re not only impressing others with your initiative and gumption, but also proving to yourself that you’re capable and worthy.
4. Surround yourself with positive people.
We all have those friends who participate in that self-hate talk that girls do. You know what I mean, those things girls say when they get together. For example, “Ugh, I’m so bloated and fat today. I’m just going to skip lunch” or “Wow, my hair is disgusting and so gross. Look how many split end I have!”. It’s almost some sort of bizarre ritual that girls undertake in when together, as they each go in a circle and share multiple things they don’t like about themselves. Reminds you of that scene in the movie Mean Girls, doesn’t it? What kind of bonding is that? Instead, don’t feel forced to put yourself down. If this type of conversation comes up, either excuse yourself and leave or perhaps reconsider the people you’re surrounding yourself with. Hate-talk is not beneficial for anyone and is a major roadblock in maintaining a positive body image.
So there you have it! A handful of useful tips on how to start on the right track towards a more positive body-image! Just by making a conscious effort to follow a few of the things listed above, you will quickly be able to see yourself in a new and improved light and learn to love and appreciate yourself.