6 Steps to build body confidence and appreciate your body
Negative thoughts about our bodies are something we all experience from time-to-time. But what we might not realize is that having poor body image can impact our quality of life and could result in social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression. Here are six steps to help you (or anyone you care for) appreciate your body and build better body confidence.
Start the day on a positive note
One of the first steps to practicing body confidence is to say positive things out loud to yourself. This is important to try, even when it feels hard to be grateful for your body. It may feel cheesy, but trust us, this works. Start your day by giving yourself verbal encouragement and reminders. Say something kind to yourself in the mirror or if that feels unnatural, place encouraging sticky notes around the house. Go from head to toe and think of things you like and appreciate about your body, no matter how small they seem.
Dress to seize the day
We believe body acceptance begins with wearing clothes you love and have always wanted to wear. While it might sound shallow, how you dress can genuinely impact your mood. Prioritize clothes that make you feel most comfortable and confident, whether they’re tight, loose, loud or subdued. Wearing clothes you love and feel best on you will help you feel more self-assured and ready to tackle the day with more positivity.
Avoid comparing yourself to others
People come in all shapes and sizes, and everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. Imagine how boring life would be if everyone looked the same. Embrace who you are and your own amazing characteristics. Don’t compare yourself to others. Doing so can leave you feeling bad about yourself and your body.
Compliment yourself and those around you
Being too hard on yourself and your body could cause you to project your insecurities onto those around you. Avoid making negative comments about yourself or others. Build body confidence by giving people around you little compliments. Take opportunities to be someone else's cheerleader. Do the same for yourself. Don’t be afraid to say positive things. You aren’t being boastful. You are building a positive uplifting community.
Take care of your body
Another step towards body acceptance is taking good care of your body. You and your body are going to be together for a long time. The things you do with and for your body should help promote a long-term relationship. Move your body to promote strength, flexibility and endurance. Feed your body healthy meals full of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Take time to treat your body to relaxing things like a massage or bubble bath.
Getting hung up on negative things is a waste of precious time and energy. End each day by reflecting on a list of things you are grateful for – your family and friends, your home, your career, your health, and so on.