Haven’t you gone through times when there was a competition about good looks, who’s the coolest or who’s the most popular at high school? While this is often part of teenage and university years, such things do happen even later on in life, right? As far as physique is concerned, the pressure can be felt at any age and by everyone, even though it does tend to decrease, later on in life! How do you deal with it?
The term ‘body image’ is defined as ‘The subjective picture or mental image of one’s own body’, by the Oxford Dictionaries. While I do support taking care of myself holistically, being well-groomed, happy and enjoying life wholeheartedly, the purpose of my blog post is to focus on how not to give in to undue pressure!
These are 7 tips that help in tackling the issue:
1. Set goals
Set goals for boosting a positive body image. This includes how you approach and develop the right attitude of loving yourself for who you are while making efforts to build a better body image.
2. Prioritize your health
Fitness exercise and a proper diet is indeed key to having a nice-looking body. However, focus on your health primarily, and in the process, you’ll also remain fit and shapely! Working towards a healthy weight will make you look and feel good, with long-term benefits.
3. Be poised
Practice being confident, and it will become your habit! Dress up right for your natural body shape, walk into the room confidently, make eye contact when you talk to people, and so on… Relax and enjoy, live in the moment!
4. Social media
You may have to take a temporary break from social media if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes the pressure may be coming from what you see or what others are saying online.
5. Circle of support
Having help and support from your family/friends could do much in assisting you. Talk about your doubts and apprehensions to a close one and ask for an unbiased opinion. For example, when trying out new styles of clothing, ask your best friend if your new dress or shirt suits you, before going out. Should you pair it off with different shoes? Should you wear something else instead?
6. Daily journaling
Practice self-care and self-love. This is an important aspect of body confidence. Keep a journal and express gratitude. Documenting your progress and examining your notes, will help you in better understanding yourself. You’ll also be able to take calculated actions.
7. Seek professional help
While my blog only serves as a means for information, in case of need, do consult a professional in the field.
To sum up, body confidence is about feeling great, the way you are. While you make efforts to maintain good health, feeling and looking gorgeous (or handsome, for my male readers) comes naturally and from within! Would you like to share your tips? Please do so. Thank you!
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