Research shows health and body image are important to how rate our own beauty. These 7 steps to a positive body image show you how to love your body, yourself and your natural beauty.
We’ve put together 7 healthy tips to switch body image loathers back to body image lovers!
Feel positive about yourself as a whole person
Don’t dwell on your imperfections, or the occasional diet slip up – instead concentrate on your good points, and your achievements. Are you a good friend? Is there a particular hobby you’re good at? Is there something you’ve been successful at? By focusing on your good traits and achievements, you’ll begin to feel good about yourself, your health and your body again.
Don’t put pressure on yourself to lose weight too fast
For a healthy weight loss, you should be aiming to lose 1kg or under from your body per week. Try some gentle lifestyle changes to boost your new routine.
Hide those scales – don’t check your body weight daily
We recommend you weigh yourself once a week. Resist the temptation to weigh yourself every day, as this will only cause you distress – as your body weight can fluctuate drastically throughout the day and week due to water retention, etc – regardless of any weight your may be losing. And be wary of behaviours that can affect your weight loss .
Try to fit in healthy exercise regularly
Studies have shown that endorphins (‘feel good’ hormones) are released during healthy exercise and can boost your confidence, lift your mood and may help to make you feel better about yourself and your body. Taking part in some sort of regular exercise may also help you feel less anxious about food and more positive about your body. Choose something you will enjoy or try something new and challenging for your body, such as yoga, meditation, pilates or dance. You never know – you may have a hidden talent! Just remember to drink plenty of water .
Surround yourself with people who love you…
…for who you are regardless, who will help to boost your confidence and make you feel good about yourself and your body. If you find your friends are unsupportive of your health and diet plan, or make you feel uncomfortable – they are not true friends. Give toxic friends the boot and find new ones!
Try to be realistic about your body…
…and come to terms with the shape and size your body is meant to be. We all have a natural body shape that is influenced by our genes. Wear clothes that complement your body . If you’re having a bad day, try wearing your favourite outfit as this will help lift your confidence and make you feel better and healthier. An instant body image booster!
Don’t let the media influence your body image
We’re constantly bombarded with images of beautiful thin models or celebrity mums who’ve already got their pre-baby body back in glossy magazines, on television and on billboards. These images can distort our image of what the ‘ideal’ person is supposed to be, and are not an accurate representation of a healthy body or body image. When you look at those mags remind yourself: the photographs will no doubt have been air-brushed to reduce inches from waists or thighs, and remove any imperfections the celebrities may have too. And they really do have them.
If you continue to tell yourself something, you’ll soon start to believe it’s true – so say to yourself every day: ‘I love my body’. It may sound silly at first, but you have to believe it to change your attitude. Positive thinking works! So take some time out and start loving your body now!
What’s your top tip for feeling confident with your body?