5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image and Self-Esteem

May 11, 2014

5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Esteem

It’s totally normal to have body parts that we don’t love, but allowing them to get the better of us is never good. While worrying about certain characteristics that you were born with is natural, it can really bring you down and have a negative impact on the way you see yourself. Usually, we are our own worst critics – which means that while we’re fretting over our frown lines, our friends don’t even notice! If you’re struggling with your self-esteem and feel self-conscious about your body, there are a few things you can do. Practice these behaviors and begin to see yourself the way the rest of us see you!

  • Surround yourself with people who are beautiful on the inside. It’s important to have a support system of good people who truly appreciate you as a person and only make you feel amazing, inside and out.

  • Spend more time in your own skin. Train yourself to be proud of your body instead of ashamed of it. Learn to appreciate every curve, mole, wrinkle, and freckle. Get comfortable with your body!

  • Focus on the positive. We tend to focus more on the “negative” than we do on the positive, standing in front of the mirror and criticizing ourselves. Curb this habit by looking instead for something you love about yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s your tummy or your toes, or even a freckle!

  • Wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself. Don’t worry about wearing what you think you “should” wear according to others – find clothes that make you feel comfortable and attractive in your own skin and are an accurate reflection of who you are. Comfort goes a long way when it comes to confidence!

  • Stay active. Exercise improves everyone’s sense of self! Practicing a healthy, active lifestyle will help you feel better about yourself than spending each day on the couch will. Enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from a finished workout, and the benefits that your body will reap from it too!

We hope these tips help! Don’t forget, you are your own worst critic – nobody else is watching you as closely as you watch yourself. Cut yourself some slack. Remember that we are all beautiful in our own way, and that how beautiful you are on the doesn’t matter half as much as how beautiful you are on the inside!

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