It’s official. Most of us, on some level, are unhappy with at least one aspect of our body. It’s no surprise that the rise in living our lives online has contributed to the way we scrutinise and micro-manage every inch of our body.
Maybe you’re lucky enough to be one of the lucky ones who is content with what they have. Chances are you’re not, sadly. So, what can you do to tip the balance? We’ve put together five tips on how you can improve your body confidence, so take a look and start making some changes.
- Have realistic expectations
Repeat after me, ‘Instagram is not real life!’ For every photo that’s posted, there are tens, if not hundreds that didn’t make the cut. And the one you see has, more than likely, had a bit of help in the form of photoshop and filters. Don’t spend your time trying to look like the latest bright young thing, when they probably don’t look much like their posts either. Living your life solely for others to judge isn’t healthy. Not everyone will ‘like’ what you show, and these judgements lead to even more anxiety and can knock your body image. Concentrate on making the most of what you have, rather than chasing a false reality. Get into the habit of making positive comments to others, too. Raising someone else up is a surprisingly easy way to feel better about yourself. And if karma is watching, you should get a good return on your kind comments.
- Concentrate on the positives
Your body is an amazing piece of kit. Whatever your age, size or fitness level, we are all capable of great things, in our own inimitable ways. Celebrate the splendour of being able to climb a mountain, swim across a lake or give birth to a child. Dance like no-one’s watching and throw caution to the wind by embracing all your perfect imperfections. Your appearance is only one small part of what makes the whole ‘you.’ By all means highlight your best bits and minimise the areas you aren’t keen on. But remember that there is so much more to you than your eyebrows, waistline and hairstyle. How you look is important, but how you feel about yourself is what drives your confidence levels. Concerning yourself with how you are seen by others, rather than concentrating on how you feel about yourself, will only lead to anxiety over your appearance. Fixing your mind on your abilities and achievements in life is a much healthier way to boost self esteem.
- Practice self care
What makes you happy? What do you enjoy spending your time doing? These are the things that help improve your confidence, in both body and mind. The better you feel, the better you will look. A positive attitude and approach to life can do wonders for your appearance. You’ve heard it said many times, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle will boost your mood as well as improving skin tone, metabolism, energy levels and your overall body shape. Perhaps you’ve spent the last few years raising a family, or your career has taken over, and time to look after yourself is at an all time low. Whatever the reason for embarking upon a mind and body overhaul, there will only be positives that come from it. Manicures, facials and even cosmetic procedures can all help to give you a much needed lift. Some women choose to wait until they have had their children before turning the focus back on their appearance, and there are mummy makeovers available for those who want to take it to the next level. Some women feel particularly concerned about their breasts following childbirth or simply as they get older. A tummy tuck, breast lift or a bit of liposuction to enhance what you already have might be just what the doctor ordered. Enhance Medical Group is one such company who takes this kind of thing seriously. They understand the link between how you feel about your appearance, and how you feel from a confidence perspective, very well. Their many clinics around the UK can accommodate clients from all areas, and their wealth of experience and delighted clients is testament to the fantastic results they achieve.
- Learn a new skill
Finding a new hobby or interest in life is a good way to develop your confidence levels. It forces you to concentrate on something other than your appearance. Maybe you want to improve your education and learn a new language. Perhaps you have always wanted to play the piano, and now is the time to master a musical instrument. Adding to your skills will not only help to boost your confidence levels, it will give you a different focus in life. You can stop worrying about the wrinkles and start to concentrate on the keyboard instead. And you never know, you might find you are a natural at a new skill. It might even send your career off in a totally different direction. No one knows their own limits until they put themselves to the test. You are far more than how you look.
- Dress to impress
You’ve taken care of your appearance from top to toe; you’ve mastered a new skill; now it’s time to put the finishing touches by dressing to make the most of what you’ve got. Treat yourself to a personal shopping experience – they’re free in many large department stores. Getting another perspective will give you new ideas, and it will help you to select pieces that are going to stand the test of time, rather than just be a passing fad. Maybe you’re dressing for a new shape if you’ve undergone cosmetic procedures, such as breast implants, and you’re keen to show off your new figure. A new wardrobe might be just what you need to complete the look.
No matter how you choose to build your body confidence it’s important that you prioritise yourself. Whether you’re juggling family life with a career or you’re jet setting around the globe on business trips, you deserve to be happy. Give yourself a break, don’t get absorbed in the fictional lives and images that you see online, and celebrate what you already have. You might just realise that you’ve got it pretty great already.