What is one thing that women, teenagers, and some celebrities have in common? They are all critical of their bodies. Thanks to the media, the public is given a distorted view of beauty, causing the average person to look at themselves with disappointment. But what we need to remember is that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and everyone is beautiful and unique just the way they are.
To help you get back on track, here are seven tips to get you well on your way to loving yourself!
1. Forget The Media
First thing's first – forget everything that you've ever seen in magazines, on television, and on the internet! All three of those things give an unrealistic view of beauty and don't look like the average person. Eliminating those negative images from your environment and your mind will help you to focus on yourself and see the great qualities in your body, rather than someone else's.
2. Focus On The Good
Now that you've eliminated all of your distractions, it's time to focus on what's great about you. You might not like your arms, but you have a great smile – focus on that area! Wear lipsticks that bring out your lips or use your makeup to bring out your features. Once you focus on the areas you like long enough, you'll forget about the places that you used to hate!
3. Have A Positive Environment
If you have people around you who are constantly criticising you, making fun of you, or just putting you down all the time, it's time for you to find a new circle! Find people who appreciate and admire you for who you are, flaws and all. When you are having a bad day, positive people will do everything they can to boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. Those are the kinds of people you need to be around!
4. Spoil Yourself
Every so often, it's okay to go out and make yourself feel handsome or pretty – splurge on a trip to the barber or hair salon, splurge on a new outfit, go get a manicure or pedicure. Set back some time and money to pamper yourself a little bit every so often. This will do wonders to your self-esteem and relax you at the same time!
5. Speak Life
Another simple way to get you back to loving your body is to practice making daily affirmations to yourself. When you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and think positive thoughts about yourself. Make a promise that you will never go to bed without giving yourself a compliment that day. Doing simple things like this everyday will gradually cause you to change your attitude about yourself!
6. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
Let's face it: there's always going to be someone who we feel is prettier, smarter, skinnier, ect. Everyone is different, but that doesn't mean that we're all hideous because we don't look like someone else! Instead of comparing ourselves to each other, let's embrace each other's strengths and uniquenesses so we can all be happy with ourselves!
7. Get Out Your Feelings
We're all going to have our days where we feel fat, ugly, stupid, whatever – it's natural. But we cannot dwell in those days. Yeah today might be bad, but that just means that tomorrow is going to be better, and that's all that matters. Don't allow temporary feelings to impact your entire outlook on life! Embrace yourself and love the skin you're in!