Insecurities, issues, hang ups…whatever you call them, when it comes to our bodies we all have those niggling annoyances. That’s because body insecurity doesn’t discriminate; it doesn’t matter what gender, size, shape, height or build you are, no one is exempt from self criticism. But that doesn’t mean it’s something we should put up with. If we are to live a truly happy life we need to be happy with who we are – warts and all.
Learning to love what you’ve always disliked about yourself can be a slow and tough process, but the results are worth it. So if cultivating a positive body image is a change you’re ready to make, take a look at these 5 tips to get you started:
Realise You’re Not Alone
Ever scanned a room, spotted someone with the ‘perfect’ body and thought how great it would be to look like that? You’re not the only one. But how often have you considered if the owner of the body you covet is 100% happy with it? We often make the mistake of assuming that everyone else is happy with what they see in the mirror when, in reality, we have no idea. They might not be hung up about the same things as you, but chances are they have their own insecurities.
It’s All In The Mind
Pay attention to the thoughts that pass through your mind and you’ll likely realise that you are your own worse critic. We beat ourselves up far more than other people do, yet we take our negative self talk as the only opinion that counts. Remember, people are more focused on their own insecurities than yours.
At the risk of sounding like every personal development coach, learning to love yourself for how you look now is the key to living an inspired life. Each time you look in the mirror or see a photo of yourself, be quick to notice the positive things you see. When you experience a negative thought creeping in, change it. In time you’ll develop a more positive attitude with yourself – even the parts you criticise the most.
Find A Role Model
Find someone who has built up a positive self-image and use their experience to help your journey. Remember that body confidence can be achieved and looking to others for inspiration can help you maintain motivation.
Ask yourself what’s stopping you from making the change you desire? Comfort yourself with the knowledge that if there is something within your control that you can change, you don’t have to continue to be unhappy. You can take steps towards cultivating your ideal, healthy body – just make sure to work on your self-acceptance along the way!
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