Make health your focus
On our quest for self-acceptance, a lot of us become so fixated with outer appearances that we lose focus of what our bodies really need to look their best. Often we place more importance on losing weight than being healthy and fit. We also tend to obsess about how much we eat, rather than what we are eating. By focusing on living an active lifestyle and sticking to a healthier diet you can hugely impact the way your body looks and how you feel about it.
Stop making comparisons
It’s not always easy to love your body when you fall into the trap of judging yourself by someone else’s standards. More often than not our body perceptions are negatively influenced when we compare our appearance to other people. Curbing the need to compare can greatly increase our physical and mental well-being. While it can be really tough to cut out comparisons completely, we should remember that perfection is just a perception and that being the best version of ourselves is what we should be striving for.
Quit negative self talk
Do you believe that you can't possibly be beautiful until your stomach is flat, you drop a size or your nose is smaller? Negative thoughts and beliefs about your body keep you locked in a cycle of self-defeat. To break this cycle, you need to become more aware of the way you think and speak about yourself. Every time you catch yourself thinking negatively about the way you look, you should choose to challenge those thoughts and say positive things to yourself instead. Remember, we are our own worst critics, and only we have the power to change that.
Set goals and be realistic
Setting healthy goals and milestones is a great way to increase your self-esteem, but don’t set yourself up for a disappointment with unrealistic or unattainable objectives. If your goal is to slim down a bit and get in shape, don’t expect it to happen overnight and be willing to put in the effort required to achieve this. Try setting a few less challenging goals at first; achieving them will help you get even more motivated.
Dress your best
Whether your healthiest body is a size 30 or a size 38, learning to dress for your body type can help you feel more confident. Start off by clearing out clothes that are too big or too small for you. Buy clothes that fit your body properly and compliment your shape. Think of clothes as a tool to help show off the best parts of your body. Buy items that highlight your assets, lengthen your silhouette and conceal any trouble areas. If you can, consult a personal stylist for advice. Knowing and embracing you best features can free you from insecurities.
The best time is now
There is absolutely no better time to start loving your body than right now. As we all grow older, we will look back on photographs of our younger selves and wonder what exactly we were complaining about. Stop obsessing over your imperfections, accept what you cannot change and embrace your uniqueness in this very moment. We all only get this one body, so best we treat it kindly and appreciate all it can do for us.