10 Ways to Be Body Confident
When it comes to our bodies, then some of us are a lot more confident than others. Some of us really struggle with how we feel about our bodies never really being happy at all. But here are some top tips to help you start to overcome those feelings and be happy with the body we have.
- Change Your Focus
People who exercise regularly feel better about themselves regardless as to whether they lose weight or not. But you need to frame your trip to ladies’ boot-camp in the right way. It shouldn’t be ‘If I don’t go to the fitness boot-camp I will always be fat and ugly’ instead you need to look at just enjoying the women’s fitness session.
- Show Your Body Some Gratitude
Instead of focusing on the negative like ‘I hate my thighs’ think about what your thighs allow you to do that you wouldn’t be able to if they weren’t like that. Something positive can always be found.
- Don’t Get Caught Up in Competitive Self-Criticism
More than two-thirds of women blame their lack of body-confidence on other women’s poor self-image. When friends criticise their own bodies don’t try and one up them, instead pay them a compliment. Also don’t think because all of your friends are off doing weight-loss boot-camps that you have to as well.
- Give Yourself a Break
More often than not it is your own inner voice that is dragging you down. Experts say that if you wouldn’t say it to your mother, sister, best-friend, ten-year-old self then you shouldn’t say it at all. It’s not always that easy. It has also been suggested giving that voice a name and then you can respond by saying ‘Shut up Jo, you are not welcome here’
- Think Positively
Write down three things you like about your face or body and put them on post-it’s around your mirror. Or keep a compliments jar where you write down any compliments someone gives you.
Meditation can great help with allowing you to accept negative thoughts. It will allow you to process that these are just thoughts and not facts. You will also notice more what is going on inside your body which will help with the outside.
- Pamper Yourself
Whilst you might not like your body, if you treat it right, it will return the compliment and treat you well. Something as simple as a spot of perfume can make you feel more positive about your body. Treat yourself to a massage as this has been shown to do wonder for body confidence. Why not take a fitness holiday and really enjoy yourself, maybe a boot-camp abroad will make you feel amazing again?
- Change Your Wardrobe
You might want to just hide yourself in baggy black clothing, but you will find that if you switch to something that fits you well and makes you look good, you will feel much better about yourself.
- Stand Up Straight
One of the quickest ways to boost your body confidence is to stand or up straight. This will make you appear taller, slimmer and more confident.
- Keep Everything in Perspective
Watch out for the motive that is behind the messages that you are getting. Marketing and Advertising are designed to create a need and then sell you the product to fill that need. You need to understand that body confidence doesn’t come from your figure, but from your thoughts. Learn this and you are half way there.