For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In this case, the world of comparing ourselves to others through social media has brought about a worldwide need to address the issue of body confidence and self-esteem.
Of course, it is absolutely no wonder we all struggle now and then. We could all use a little bit of a body image boost from time to time. Shelves are packed with magazines full of “perfect” women, Instagram constantly tells us are belly isn’t flat enough or our bum isn’t big enough, and Facebook makes us compare our behind the scenes footage with other people’s highlight reels.
However, among all this doom and gloom, there is a silver lining. You see, we have done a bit of digging and researching and come up with a list of ways you can address your body confidence issues and raise your self-esteem.
No More Comparisons
Not one person on this planet looks in the mirror and see’s perfection. Not even Beyonce. We all wish we could change something. But by wishing to change those things and yearning for someone else’s this and that takes away what is unique about you. Unfortunately, not making comparisons is harder work than we’ve made out, which is why you join the current momentum that has seen more and more people deleting social media apps from their phones. After all, we can resist everything except temptation, right.
Change Your Focus
There is no point beating yourself up because you wish you were a little bit taller, or your eyes were a little less far apart, or your fingers are slightly long. Instead, focus that energy on things you can change. If you don’t like your teeth, then speak to the dentist about your options. If you want to tone up, then adjust your diet and take up yoga. You need to accept the fact there are some things you can’t change, but there are others bits you can. Use that as motivation.
Motivate Positive Change
All too many people go down the route of waiting until they’ve got to where they want to be before treating themselves. For example, they won’t splash out on new clothes or shoes until they have lost the weight they want to lose. But this just keeps you feeling drab, which stops you from feeling motivated. So go out and buy that new blazer, or those news shoes, or those bits of jewelry that will make your day sparkle a bit more. Why? Because this will help you look better, which will make you feel better and, the better you feel, the more motivated you will be to make a positive change.
Positive People Only
A lot of how we feel has to do with the support system we surround ourselves with, which is why you should really focus on that support system. Spend time with people that are good examples, people that lift your spirits, that make you feel happy, that energize you constantly and steer clear of anyone that encourages you to keep your bad habits. It could be a buddy that will work out with you, someone that is into healthy eating, or just that really enthusiastic person who will celebrate your successes. These people rock.