How to Gain Body Confidence
It can be very difficult in today’s society to avoid comparing yourself to the images of the airbrushed celebrities that the mainstream media regularly promotes. Having confidence in your body affects the way you look and feel is important to your overall happiness. We’ve discovered some great ways to conquer confidence issues and ways to learn to love our reflection!
- Notice the Things That you DO Like
It’s so easy to look in a mirror and see all those ‘flaws’ you believe yourself to have. Dr Linda Papadopoulos says that we’re conditioned to look in the mirror and focus on the things we don’t like, but it’s essential to be able to notice the things that we do like. Whether it’s your skin, your shiny hair or the colour of your eyes, appreciate it every time you look at yourself.
- Don’t Compare Yourself to Other People
This is bad habit that all of us are guilty of every so often. It’s all too easy to spend too much of our time measuring ourselves up against other people but this is not healthy. This is a very draining and time-wasting activity! Spend this time in a productive way, doing things that make you feel good whether that is a long walk with your dog, a pampering session with a friend or a trip to the cinema you’ll be a lot happier at the end of it!
- Reward Your Body
You work hard each day and so does your body so it’s really important to reward it by giving it a good all over-stretch, a warm bath or even a luxurious massage. Treat yourself to a new outfit or go for a swim. Pampering yourself will make you feel great and you will also learn to relax and make time for yourself.
- Be alert to your ‘bad body’ triggers
Figure out what makes you feel bad about your body and then you can rationalise why you feel bad when such situations arise. Try and avoid these situations if you can or if not be prepared for them.
- Get Active
Exercise has so many benefits aside from the obvious ways it improves your health and fitness levels. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, make exercise a priority in your life, gain confidence and make yourself a happier person.
Studies show that it takes a minimum of three weeks of consistent attempts to reshape your thinking about issues such as negative body image and to start feeling more positive. It’s worth getting started sooner rather than later. As the great Beyonce says: ‘The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.’