The Do’s And Don’ts Of Body Confidence

Body confidence is just about the way you look, but how you feel about your own body. It’s not always easy though, so how do you stay body positive in a negative world?

Here are some tips to help you love the skin you’re in.

DON’T TALK YOUR BODY DOWN, AND DON’T LET OTHERS TALK THEIRS DOWN!

Talking your body down (even through modesty) will lead to negative feelings, so maybe just don’t? Even listening to other people talk negatively about their bodies can make you feel bad about your own! So, instead, talk their body up, talk your body up (even if you’re not feeling it), and feel confident anyway.

GO SHOPPING, GET YOUR HAIR CUT, TREAT YOURSELF.

You don’t need to always look #flawless (so you can still follow a Netflix binge with an early morning), but proving to yourself how good you can look will help you gain confidence. Plus, if you’ve lost weight, or gained muscle, your clothes probably won’t fit; you won’t look your best. Time to show off what you’ve got right now.

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MIRROR.

If you look too much; look less. If you never look then get to know your body! When you do look, instead of noting the differences between you and people that get paid to work out and diet, spend some time complimenting what you’ve got. Your lips, or hair, or how you actually HAVE a bum; find what you like about yourself, and appreciate those things.

YOU NEED TO STOP COMPARING YOURSELF, UNREALISTICALLY, TO OTHERS.

Maybe they’re born with it, maybe it’s a constant (impractical) use of cosmetics, whatever the reason; try to stop wishing to look like someone else. Because, aside from that you could literally kill yourself attempting to look like them, they have gone though body positivity issues too. What? How could someone that looks like that have body positivity issues? Because being body confident is much less about “body” and much more about “confident”. So, how to feel more confident, coming up…

STAND UP LIKE YOU MEAN IT.

Straight back, chin up, imagine you’re balancing an (e)book on your head, yes yes, we all know the (updated) classics. But have you tried shoulders back? Looking people in the eye? A subtle power stance? How you hold your body will not only make it look better, but it will make you, along with your body, feel confident.

Remember, you’re more than your physical appearance; body confidence = confidence. So stop bitching about your own body, dress well, check yourself out, stand up straight and feel confident. Then, realise you could feel this good anywhere, any time, dressed any way, regardless of (insert own body dislike here).