Body Image, Part Two: Improve Your Body Confidence
Does your body confidence depend on how much cellulite you have, how flabby your upper arms are, your post-baby bulges or a few extra kilo’s on the scales?
You’re not alone.
As women we tend to place a huge significance on our appearance, with many of us believing that the way we look and present ourselves is very important in succeeding in life. We think that good-looking women tend to get more opportunities in life. And we place a huge emphasis on our weight. We’ve all been guilty of feeling on top of the world when we have lost a few kilo’s or when we can squeeze into a skinny pair of jeans again. For women it can be very hard to separate their lives from their bodies because we focus so much on our bodies.
“If you’re unhappy with your life you blame your body; if you’re unhappy with your body, you say if you could only fix your body your life would be fine.”
A few months ago I wrote a post about 10 Ways To Start Loving Your Body, and although I have made good process with how I see myself and look at my body, I still struggle with this from time to time. It tends to come up in a lot conversations I have with other women and friends, realizing that a lot of women are struggling with this on a daily basis.
I personally believe that loving your body and body confidence are directly related to each other; if you love your body, your confidence will increase, and if you have a good body confidence its most likely that you love your body. Does that make sense?
So, how do you improve your Body Confidence?
Below are a few tips on how to improve your body confidence. Please note that I am in no way an expert on this subject, these are just a few tips that have worked for me and some other women, that may work for you. I would love to get your feedback on this and, as always, feel free to add some tips to this list:
- Stand in front of the mirror (preferably nude) ; Look at yourself in the mirror and study yourself from head to toe. Now, describe your body as if you were explaining it to some one who couldn’t see you. Don’t say what is good and bad about your body, just focus on what you see. Don’t skip over the parts you dislike about your self. For example; I have olive/light,pale coloured skin. My arms are long, short, muscular. I have 3 freckles on my tummy and a scar on my leg etc. etc. This way you are just describing what you see rather than evaluating it.
- Expose yourself ; Make a list of the things that frighten you when it comes to your body. You may be scared of wearing shorts because you are afraid to show your legs. Or you are too scared to wear singlets as this will show your flabby arms. You could be too scared to wear a bikini as this will show the cellulite on your tummy etc. etc. Once you have written down a list, start wearing some of the things you are scared to wear. You will find that it is not such a big deal as you thought it was. 9 out of 10 times you’ll find that other people don’t even notice anyway.
- Raise your self esteem ; Write a note to yourself about all the things you are good at, not related to your body. Like being a good friend/mother/partner or being good at dancing/making music/cooking. Hang this note up somewhere you are able to read it on a daily basis (mirror, toilet)
- Weigh yourself right ; If your weight has a big influence on how you feel about yourself, stop weighing yourself all the time! Put some structure in how you weigh yourself, like just once a week and instead of judging each measurement, take the average of the past 4 weeks. Your weight can change from week to week, like when you have your period or you have been drinking a lot of water.
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How do you feel about your body?