Most of us could do with improving our body image and that’s why I LOVE today’s guest post by Leon Harris. Here are some amazing tips to start practicing to boost our self-esteems!
You may have heard about a new trend that is sweeping the wide world of beauty: swearing off looking in mirrors. Supposedly this helps those who practice it to stop the needless nitpicking that makes them feel bad about the way they look (although good luck applying mascara without a mirror!).
The only problem with this liberating movement is that eventually you might want to go back to seeing your image. And what then? Will you have magically transformed your personality so that the body you see in the looking glass no longer disappoints or features glaring flaws? No. When you have a negative body image, it’s in your mind, not in the mirror.
Luckily, there are all kinds of strategies that can help you to overcome your body hatred and learn to love the skin you’re in. Here are just a few helpful hints that will soon have you loving the mirror and everything you see when you gaze into it.
1) Start with the positive.
When we look in the mirror, we often spot the flaws first. My nose is too big, I hate my acne, or I can’t find a pair of jeans to fit my fat butt. Hey, we all do it. We turn tiny flaws or perceived shortcomings from molehills into mountains. But if you want to turn the tide and start feeling better about yourself, it’s well within your power. All you have to do is start with the positive. Instead of focusing on “problem areas” right off the bat, start each morning with affirmations. My hair looks glossy and beautiful! I love my womanly curves! The color of this blouse accentuates my gorgeous eyes and skin! Give it a try and keep it up – you’ll soon start to see a whole new body.
2) No ifs, ands or buts.
If you’re like most people, you might think things like “if only I were as thin as that girl” or “I would look great, but I’m stuck with these crappy genetics”. Listen closely: you are what you are. So stop with the hating. Acceptance is the first part of learning to love the body you’ve got, so stop wishing you had something else and start to realize the wonderful things you do have.
3) Shout it out.
Have you ever uttered the words “I look beautiful?” Probably not. And yet, once you start to do so you’ll find it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Saying it often and saying it loud will help you to believe that you really are beautiful. If you need to, wait until no one is around. Then look in the mirror and tell yourself you look great. Don’t just say it, though; shout it out loud. You might feel a little silly, but the more you say it the more you’ll believe.
4) Learn to take a compliment.
Sometimes our body image is wrapped up in what others think. So why do we discount the compliments? Nobody is required to tell you that you look nice; they say it because they notice and appreciate your efforts. So learn to say thank you and reflect on the fact that the people who love you (or even complete strangers) like the way you look.
5) Dress your best.
If you’re looking to escape the human condition, then perhaps the folks over at the world transformation movement can give you a hand. But if you’d rather get away from a state where you hate the way you look, you’re going to need a trip to the mall. Regardless of your size and shape there’s always a way to accentuate the positives and hide the negatives through your wardrobe choices.
You can start your journey toward best dressed with a stop at discovery.com to watch a few episodes of ‘What Not to Wear’ (Stacy and Clinton can dress any figure). Then head to the nearest department store to find a few new pieces that fit and flatter. You’re bound to have an easier time loving the body you’ve got when your clothes compliment you rather than contributing to your poor body image.
About the Author
Leon Harris is a contributing writer for Health Testing Centers. Harris lives in Southern California, and enjoys eating healthy and exercising with his two Golden Retrievers.
What do YOU do to build a better body image?