Feeling comfortable in your body takes effort and can significantly impact your self-esteem. However, there may be instances when you don’t like your body because you compare yourself to magazine models, social media influencers, and anyone who appears confident. If you feel this way, you’re not alone. Only 6% of respondents in a recent survey say they feel generally happy with their bodies, showing a growing need for people to look like those they admire. While there’s nothing wrong with that, most people miss the part about just being okay with who they are. If you’re ready to stop looking down on yourself and start feeling comfortable in your body, the following tips can help.
- Start treating your body well
Some people starve themselves while desperately trying to lose enough weight to meet the media’s definition of beauty. Others go on unhealthy weight-loss diets. Unfortunately, these strategies usually backfire. Whether you want to lose or gain weight, treating your body well by nourishing it with a healthy diet is the best approach. Eat the right amount (not too much, not too little) to energize your body. While you should eat healthy foods, don’t drive yourself crazy with a healthy food addiction. If you feel like treating yourself to a bar of chocolate, enjoy some once in a while.
- Be careful with social media images
Some people put undue pressure on themselves by watching supposedly perfect-figured models and social media influencers. Their Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds are filled with the media definition of beauty. They spend countless hours each day admiring these ‘perfect’ beauty standards, wishing they could look like that. If this sounds like you, it’s time to switch things up. Start filling your social media feed with diverse bodies and appearances – short, tall, big, small, black, and white. That will open your mind to be more receptive to other looks while appreciating yours.
- Work on your biggest flaws
Feeling good in your body does not mean ignoring issues about yourself that you can work on, especially when they dent your confidence. Some things may be beyond your control. For example, you can do little about your height and unique body features. But you can improve other things about yourself if they get in the way of you accepting who you are.
For example, if you hate the color of your teeth, can’t stand your body odor, or have bad breath, consider getting treated. You can also book an appointment for vaginal rejuvenation if your urinary incontinence affects your private life.
- Remember that a ‘summer body’ does not exist
A ‘summer body’ is generally an idea pressuring people to obtain a perfect body to enjoy the summer season. But who says you need a perfect body to enjoy any season?
The most important thing is to love yourself, regardless of the weather. It’s great to keep your body in shape, but that should be a life-long goal instead of something for the summer. That is because focusing on developing your body only during summer means returning to default settings until another summer.
- Spend more time nude with yourself
Yes, you read that right. Spend more time naked with yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable in your body, you probably dislike what you look like in the mirror. Some people avoid staring at their bodies in anything reflective, afraid they wouldn’t like what they see. However, studies have shown that getting naked can boost your self-esteem. If you struggle with body image issues, spending more time nude with yourself can cure your poor self-esteem. The more time you spend naked, the less fixated you become with how you look and more attuned to how you feel. Plus, being in your birthday suit is comfortable when you have nowhere to go. Of course, you should keep your doors closed all the time.
- Accept compliments
Accept it, smile, and say thank you when someone tells you you look good. Even better, believe that you do look good. Compliments can remind you of other parts about yourself you may be ignoring. When it comes from someone you trust, a compliment allows you to celebrate the good things about you. Some people have a habit of automatically rejecting compliments. For example, instead of saying “thank you” to “you look good today,” they go with “no, that’s not true.” They spend most of their lives rejecting kind words about their appearance so much that they never believe anything good about their looks. Accept compliments when you get them, and remind yourself that you look good even if no one tells you.