You are not alone if having body confidence is a problem for you. Whatever the cause of your own difficult relationship with how you appear, it is crucial to break the destructive loop of negative self-talk and give self-love a high priority. In fact, research shows that general happiness and physical self-confidence are related.
But first, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t need to change a single aspect of who you are in order to develop higher body confidence; you are wonderful and deserving of being loved just the way you are, while that is a main message, some people do have surgery to increase confidence like a nose job, vaginal rejuvenation or a breast lift. Muting the inner voice that tells you differently and developing more compassion are both steps in the process of developing a healthier connection with yourself.
Speaking it out loud and on a regular basis, especially when it’s challenging to express gratitude for our bodies, is one of the simplest and most powerful ways we can practice self-love. Encourage and remind yourself verbally each day. This could entail saying something encouraging to yourself in the morning in front of the mirror, posting motivational sticky notes on your nightstand, or even programming daily motivational messages into your phone or computer. Find slogans that speak to you about body positivity and self-love.
Think healthier rather than thinner
Don’t base your fitness goals on a number you’d like to see on the scale whether you’re preparing meals or working out. The best way to treat our body with respect and gratitude is to engage in regular exercise and eat a balanced diet. Therefore, focus on all the beautiful things your body can accomplish, all the places it can take you, how it feels, and the experiences it provides, rather than how much it weighs or how it is shaped. Then, honor it with wholesome meals and enjoyable activities.
Give others your sincere praise
We frequently cast our own insecurities onto others. Because we are so tough on ourselves, we are also harsh on others. However, it also allows us to be kinder to ourselves when we allow ourselves to be good to others. Give someone a compliment that you wish you had received at a time when you most needed it. Tell someone they’re rocking their outfit today and be someone else’s silver lining.
Surround yourself with uplifting people
We are constantly exposed to negative messages about our bodies, and these messages have a way of creeping into our minds and provoking our fears. This might be body-negative people in your life, altered images of models on billboards, or even body-negative posts on social media. One study found that people who spent more time on social media were more likely to have eating problems and a negative body image. So make an effort to avoid as much negativity as you can. Curate your social media stream and hide the advertisements for fad diets. Seek people who are upbeat, love themselves, and will support you in being who you are.