Stop ComparisonsWhether it is that drop-dead gorgeous model in your favourite fashion magazine or your super-thin friend who seems to eat all she wants without any consequences, comparing yourself to other women is only going to cause you heartache. It is important to understand that all bodies are made differently and you cannot change your body type or tendency. A better approach would be to make peace with who you are and accept your body’s ‘shortcomings’. Don’t fall into the unrealistic body trap – you are beautiful just as you are.
Look in the MirrorMany of us shy away from looking at our bodies in the mirror, or with the lights on, because we don’t like what we see. The trick is to make sure you look at your body every day and tell yourself that you are beautiful just as you are. The more you shy away from looking at yourself the more negativity is perpetuated in your mind.
Focus on The PositivesYou can’t hate every single part of your body – whether it’s your stomach, thighs, breasts or calves, there is something every woman is proud of. Focus on these positive bits and think of how attractive they make you look. Dress up according to your body type, so that your best features are highlighted. The minute you see yourself dressed up well and looking good, you’ll feel better about yourself.
The question you need to ask yourself is: do you want a body that society thinks you should have, or a body that you are destined to live in and operate your life to the fullest?
- Ramona Mordecai, Life Coach
Work on ItYou don’t have to exercise for two hours every day to feel good about yourself. Even simple things like a dance class, walking home from the grocery store, aerobics, yoga or a run can elevate your self-confidence and make you feel good about your body. Not only are you learning something new but the exercise is releasing feel-good hormones that are instant mood elevators.
Avoid ‘Negative’ FriendsDo you hang out with people who keep commenting on your body? Make sure you avoid such people in your life, as it will only add to your negative self-esteem. Instead, make friends with other body positive people who will let you know how beautiful you truly are.
Who Are Your Role Models?Yes, your role model might be that hot celebrity, but chances are your other role models are your mother, grandmother, teacher or friend. Do all these women have perfect bodies? No. But you still look up to them. Remember that you are much more than your body. Focus on other personality traits that people find endearing about you and forget about those ‘negative’ body parts.
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