How to help yourself feel better about your body
Raise your hand if you’ve felt too fat, too ugly, too thin, too tall or too anything. (My hand is flying up)
We all need to acknowledge that our body is just a package and I include myself in this. Our bodies are truly amazing, we can all do many things that many of us take for granted. Such as breathing, running, dancing, laughing, crying, bearing children, giving and receiving love, plus much, much more.
What’s inside and how we feel about ourselves is much more important than how we look. What's inside, can both empower us and destroy us, lets face it, we all listen to the negative and brush away the positive. State of mind is everything! With a few minor tweaks in our day to day life we can work toward truly feeling the beautiful person we are.
Love your body - We get told this all the time. Even though its right, its far from easy!
Firstly i would say SMILE. This can be hard when your feeling shitty but its free and it makes you feel good. Start by sharing a smile when you see someone in the street. You never know you might just make their day too.
Once you've nailed the smiling, start to give mental compliments to everyone you pass.The idea is to be more focused on picking up positive attributes in other people and training your mind to see the good before the bad. It could be something as small as, wow I love her hair colour or those shoes are fab.
The next time you start talking shit to yourself, imagine the voice in your head is actually your bestie talking to you about his or herself, and think what would you say to them. Then give yourself the same pep talk.
At the end of the day it's easier to tell your friends when they're treating themselves like crap, than it is when you're treating yourself like crap. So when you're being mean to your own body, use this tip to remind yourself of why that's not productive or true.
Have a think about what stresses you out about your body then write it/them down, once your done, screw it up and throw it in the rubbish, because that's what it is, rubbish!
Lets face it, some days you are gunna feel like shit, but that's OK. You don't need to be skipping with joy everyday. Let yourself have bad days and except them for what they are, just a bad day. Tomorrow will be a better day or even a great day. Roll with the good and the bad.
We've all heard it, and rolled our eyes at it BUT true beauty is not skin-deep. When you feel good about yourself and who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence and self-acceptance and that makes you beautiful. Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.
When you see yourself in a mirror or in your mind, make efforts not to focus on the specific parts you don't like so much. Try looking at yourself as a whole person. If you do have a negative thought try and match it with a compliment.
Surround yourself with positive people. This is key. I used to be surrounded by people talking down to me and it's just not healthy. This doesn't mean you need to be surround by people who are going to blow smoke up your ass. You need good, honest people who will support you but also tell you when your talking crap.
If your having a crappy day. Drag yourself out, get some fresh air. Take the dog for a walk, go for a stroll around the block, take the kids to the park, do anything to get you out the house, even if its only for ten minutes. Take in what's around you, take a few deep breaths and enjoy the moment. It will make you feel better and help to get you out of the circle of negative thoughts.
Don’t compare yourself - Just don't do it! Remove all those people from social media that make you feel down on yourself. Fill it with positivity and loved ones. Honestly, I culled a load off my insta account and i stopped using facebook (apart from my work account) and i feel sooo much better for it.
That person you're comparing yourself to is probably doing the same. You’re a unique person, full of characteristics that make you who you are. That other person is different and it’s perfectly fine.
Walk tall, head up, chest up. Show the world how amazing you are.
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