Feeling confident about your physical appearance is something that many of us struggle with. It normally starts during the teenage years, and can be very difficult to overcome.
While as adults, we tend to get more confidence as we grow older, this doesn’t always apply to how we feel about the way we look. Here are some things you can do to improve that:
Go To The Gym
They say that even as we lose weight, we see ourselves as still being large. Exercising helps us feel where our bodies start and end, and can help give you a more accurate body image. Not only will you be able to tone up, but you’ll feel better about yourself knowing that you’re working hard to achieve something and actually using your body. Exercise releases endorphins, too, which will naturally make you feel happier.
Make A List of Things You Like About Your Body
You probably already have a mental list of the things you don’t like about your appearance, but what about the things you do like? There’s always at least one thing that people like about themselves, so spend half an hour looking in the mirror and making your list.
Change The Things You Can
Rather than dwelling on the things you don’t like about yourself, recognize the ones you have some control over and start changing them bit by bit. If you bite your fingernails and don’t like the look of your hands, stop biting them and start looking after them more. If you don’t like your hair, look into options for different styles and colors. You may not be able to reach super-model status, but you can make improvements on nearly any part of your appearance.
You can feel bad about the way you look if you’re wearing old clothes or clothes which don’t fit you properly anymore. Go out with a friend one weekend and buy yourself a new wardrobe for the upcoming season. If you can’t afford to spend that much, a new piece of jewelry or a new pair of shoes can work wonders, too. Retail therapy is real!
Surround Yourself With Positive People
Don’t surround yourself with people who talk negatively about themselves or about you and other people. Talking to people who constantly put themselves down can make you feel worse about yourself, too. Attitudes are contagious!
You can feel better about yourself if you take time to relax and look after your body. Take part in meditation classes, go for regular massages, have a bath at the end of a long day or treat yourself to some new cosmetic products.
Put A Smile On Your Face
When you smile more, you will automatically become more attractive, both to yourself when you look in the mirror and to the people around you. This will lead to more compliments which will always boost your self-confidence and make you feel better about yourself. Don’t really feel like smiling? It may hurt a little at first, but putting a smile on will lift your spirits eventually. Fake it till you make it!