A recent survey revealed that only 6% of women strongly agree that they are happy with their bodies. Body image has become a talking point in recent years, with men and women of all ages struggling to feel confident about the way they look. If you lack confidence, or you long to feel more comfortable in your own skin, this guide contains helpful advice to boost body image and self-confidence.
Avoid making comparisons
Making comparisons is one of the main reasons we experience a loss of confidence linked to body image and appearance. Human beings come in all shapes and sizes, but many of us have ideals that represent a tiny proportion of people. We compare our bodies to those we see on billboards or social media feeds and we feel inadequate because we don’t have flawless physiques. If you tend to feel worse after reading beauty or fashion magazines or scrolling through images on social media, or you compare your body to your friends or family members, try to avoid making comparisons. Remember that photographs and images you see in the media are often filtered or enhanced and don’t fixate on things you can’t change, such as your height or the length of your legs. Understand that everyone is different and celebrate what makes you unique. Try to focus on what makes you feel happy and confident. Don’t let late-night scrolling affect how you feel about yourself. Avoid triggers and be proactive in building your self-esteem and protecting your mental health.
Highlight issues that impact your confidence
In an ideal world, we would all be accepting of the way we look. In reality, most of us have issues or flaws that make us feel less confident. If there are problems that are getting you down or impacting your self-esteem, it can be beneficial to highlight these issues and address them. Having cosmetic dental treatment or a surgical procedure is a good example.
You should never feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to do, but if you want to have treatment to boost your confidence, it’s worth exploring your options. Perhaps you’re tired of hiding your smile away because you’re conscious of showing off crooked or stained teeth, for example. If this is the case, speak to your dentist and find out more about tooth whitening, veneers or adult braces. If you hate having photos taken or looking in the mirror because you don’t like the shape of your nose, or you feel like your skin looks saggy after having children, there are solutions.
Research procedures and treatments, get information from reputable, reliable, professional medical practices and clinics and find out about the risks involved. If you’re considering treatment after becoming a mom, ask questions, get to know your doctor and find out more about the mommy makeover recovery week by week. Take your time to weigh up the pros and cons and decide whether this is the best path for you. Some people feel much more confident after addressing certain issues, while others learn to live with them and become more accepting.
Focus on the positives
Have you ever noticed that the pep talk you give your friends or family members is very different from the conversations you have with yourself when you look in the mirror? Most of us will go all-out to build others up and make them feel confident, but we take a different approach when it comes to self-appraisal. We are harsh critics and we tend to focus on the negatives. Rather than zoning in on parts of your body that you don’t love, concentrate on the positives. Celebrate what your body can do and focus on the parts you rate rather than the bits that don’t look amazing to you when you look in the mirror.
Look after your body
Looking after yourself can often make you feel more confident, improve your health and well-being and give you a better sense of how incredible your body really is. Try to be proactive in taking care of your body and mind. Exercise regularly, make sure your diet is balanced and nutritious, get enough sleep and stay hydrated. Keep an eye on how much you drink and avoid smoking. Look after your skin, keep up to date with health checks and tests and give yourself time to relax, rest and unwind.
Prioritizing your health can give you a better perspective of how important your body is as a functional entity, rather than a symbol of beauty or success. Having a perfect body shouldn’t be about checking boxes in terms of size, skin tone or shape. It should be about having a healthy body. One important point to remember is that looking great in a photo doesn’t always indicate good health and well-being. Many people associate being thin with being healthy and happy, for example, but this is not always the case. Some people are naturally very slim, but others restrict what they eat or exercise too much to achieve weight loss. Happiness and success are also linked to many other factors away from body image and aesthetics. Think about what makes you feel happy and proud, celebrate your achievements and devote more time to people or activities that bring you joy or contentment. You don’t have to look like a supermodel to be successful or happy.
Most women feel self-conscious about their appearance. It’s not always easy to build confidence and boost self-esteem, but there are ways to improve body image. Try to avoid making comparisons with others, especially images in magazines and on social media, and focus on the positives. Be kinder to yourself and understand that nobody is perfect. If there are specific issues that impact your self-esteem, try to be more accepting or explore ways to address problems you view as flaws. Look after your body and prioritize health and well-being. If you choose to take action by having surgery or aesthetic treatment, always research extensively and make sure that you’re taking that step because you want to. You should never feel pressured into changing the way you look.