Give your mind and body the confidence it needs
1. Know that the media isn’t as body positive as you think
For a long time, most of us women have believed that in order to be a beautiful woman, you had to be born with a slim neck, thin face, and a flat stomach. Don’t be fooled! The media is still pumping out unrealistic body standards. They’ve literally created another cookie-cutter standard, just slightly bigger. All women aren’t created with an hourglass figure, and that’s OK!
2. Surround yourself with people who breed positivity
The people you surround yourself with will also make a huge difference in the way you view yourself and others. Seek out people who have a positive and an open mind. Support is something everyone needs. You can get in many forms — friends, family, even an online community. You know your people when you find them.
3. Invest in yourself
Investing in yourself means freeing up your mind for more positive thoughts and actions. You can do anything you set your mind to. Give yourself a break when things are rough, but don’t let those thoughts occupy valuable mind real estate. Make yourself a priority, and watch it pay off.
4. Help the haters
It’s so hard to move forward with so many people weighing you down, using your weight as a conversation starter. Critics come in many shapes and forms like unsolicited “health” advice and even snide comments from family.
People often insult others because they’re feeling insecure themselves, or they simply don’t understand someone else’s point of view. Use this knowledge to help others understand and help themselves. And as the old saying goes: Kill ‘em with kindness.
5. Count your Blessings
For every part of your body that you’d change, find one thing you’re grateful for. Realize that vanity is a luxury many people in this world aren’t afforded. You’re beautiful how you are. This requires you to realize that beauty is more than skin-deep. Count your blessings for what you have. You’ll feel less of what you don’t!
31 Oct, 2017