Body confidence is something that we all struggle with at some point in our lives. There are a lot of misconceptions about what causes us to feel this way, and so it's important to clear the air and answer some common questions:
What do I need to change about my body before I can love myself?
We have a tendency to focus on one particular body part when we look in the mirror, but there are many things that you like about your appearance. You might not notice them because you're used to seeing yourself every day, but if someone else pointed them out they would probably make you smile!
What should I do about my weight/body shape?
Your self-worth should NOT be decided by a number on the scale and you are not alone if this is an area of struggle for you. There's no one size fits all solution, so it might take some trial and error to find what works best for your body type. That’s why FierceMODA is building an entire virtual dressing room and stylist in one!
Some people say "eat better" or "get more exercise," which again isn't really helpful advice either! The important thing is that you love yourself in whatever state of life you're in.
It may sound easy but sometimes we forget how great our bodies are just as they are.
How can I love and appreciate my body?
This is a question I get asked all the time and it's one of the most difficult topics to address because there are countless reasons why someone might struggle with loving their body. The important thing is that you love you now.
Here are 3 ways you can start to love and appreciate your body:
1. Focus on what makes you feel good about yourself!
What are a few things you have done that if you stop to think
about it, you really are proud of yourself. School? A job? A project?
Or you can just feel grateful for being healthy enough to take care of others.
BUT - do things for yourself too! Take some me-time every day by reading a book, meditating, anything; these activities remind us we exist outside our day-to-day lives. (We have an entire 5 step self-care challenge that goes through this in detail click here ->Not Another Self-Care Challenge.)
2. Focus on what makes you feel good about your body!
Think of the positive qualities, like how strong or healthy it is, that make a great foundation for loving yourself and your appearance.
I always say in the morning as I get out of bed “Thank you for allowing me to be alive today”. Sounds silly but it’s true. Tomorrow is never promised.
Exercise helps with stress release as well as provide an outlet
to focus on something other than our anxieties surrounding weight loss, which
can be one of the biggest contributors to hating ourselves.
If you struggle with your body image, the first step is to find
something that makes you feel good about yourself. It might be hard at first
but if we can start finding things (anything!) that make us happy and
self-confident then other parts of our life will begin to go more smoothly.
Moral Of The Story:
Everyone deserves love and appreciation for who they are inside. In order to love ourselves and others better, it helps to focus on what's important rather than fixating on anything that doesn't make us happy.