Self-esteem and image issues can affect anyone at any point during their life, whether these issues are big or small. This has only become more likely due to the evolution of social media and increased pressure on appearance and body image.
If you find yourself struggling with body image issues, here are 6 tips for finding more positivity when it comes to your appearance.
Wear Clothes You Feel Great In
Try to forget for a moment what you look like in your clothes and concentrate more on the way they make you feel. Finding clothes which have a focus on feeling comfortable and confident — rather than the clothes you think you should be wearing, or what everyone else is wearing — will do wonders for your confidence and style.
Take a Social Media Break
It will do you no good if you’re constantly comparing yourself to others you see online, especially airbrushed and edited celebrity pictures. To give yourself a digital detox and help build your own confidence away from the screen, avoid comparing yourself to others and take a break.
Eat a Healthy Diet
This doesn’t mean concentrating on losing or gaining weight to feel more confident; it simply means putting your health first. A lot of positivity can come from simply eating right and feeling your absolute best with what you eat. You will find that you have more energy when you enjoy a healthy diet, and feel a lot better in your own skin.
If you’re finding a healthy diet tricky in regard to body image, help is out there. There is plenty of advice regarding your diet and health, as well as more tailored advice like eating disorder treatment if you’re struggling with other issues.
Don’t Buy Anything You Don’t Love
A lot of money, time and energy can be wasted on beauty or clothing products which you don’t want, but which you feel pressure to buy due to beauty expectations (or maybe they’re the products you’ve seen others wearing).
Stay true to yourself and only buy items which you want and need, and which bring you joy. Base your purchases only on what you want, and not what you feel like you should be getting.
Set Your Own Goals
This means goals which are completely personal, and not goals based on society’s expectations. Take a step back and reevaluate how you look and feel, and set fair and manageable goals to build confidence with your appearance. This could be losing a few pounds to begin with, growing out your hair, going makeup free for a while — whatever works for you.
Exercise for the simple pleasure of doing exercise. Don’t focus all your energy on losing weight or attaining an impossible fitness standard. Your own health is more important, so simply having a regular workout routine to keep you in your best shape is going to make you look and feel great.