No matter how fit, tall, short, plump, thin, or couch potato-y a girl is, it seems as though every woman I know struggles with body positivity. We all have certain areas that we are more self-aware about, and I am SO glad that we are in a movement that encourages body confidence. Because if there is one day a woman wants to feel lovely it is her wedding day (and every day, really!).
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photo by Daria Shevtsova
People look at me and think I’m thin, but I’d totally say that I fall into the “fat thin” category. What? I know, right? Not only do we have categories for our size, but apparently there are subcategories that turn into oxymorons. That is exactly the opposite of what should be happening. Here are my tips below – and I am preaching to myself here – on having body confidence.
Having Body Confidence
Tip 1 – Stop Comparing
I have a friend who after 4 kids has what seems to be the flattest stomach in the world. Seriously. And – as fate would have it – my most body-conscious area is my stomach. We were chatting one day, and she told me about how small my rear end was (I’d actually say I don’t have one, lol) only to find out that her derriere was her most self-conscious area. That was SUCH an eye-opener for me! We were both evaluating what we perceived as our worst areas to the best area of another. Stop comparing.
Tip 2 – Shop for YOUR body
Be familiar with your body shape and head to the stores and brands that know how to do clothes that fit your shape well. A curvy gal may not be able to shop at Forever 21 (don’t get me started on fast fashion!), and a girl with a boyish shape may have to wear certain styles to have a more curvy silhouette. Be aware of what looks good on you – not what looks fab on others.
Tip 3 – Stop Negative Thoughts
This goes a bit with comparison, but we tend to thwart our own body confidence by talking ourselves down. We are our own worst critics, aren’t we? I have chatted with many a woman who was conscious of X, Y, and Z on her body only to see that she was the only one who saw herself that way. Don’t harp on the one thing that may be considered a “flaw” because it isn’t an imperfection. It’s a part of who you are.
Tip 4 – Focus on the Positive
Ok, so your stomach isn’t perfectly flat. Your thighs touch. Your behind isn’t as taut as you’d like it to be. So what? Focus on things that you love about your body. Do you have gorgeous eyes? Is your hair long and shiny with the perfect amount of wave? Are your breasts perky and full? Be sure to focus on your strengths. It will give you SUCH a boost in self-esteem, which will shine through to others.
Tip 5 – Find Positive Role Models
Who are you following on social media? Are there certain people you look up to? Be sure to fill your mind with female role models who are just like you AND love being that way. You may find new ways to dress and also find camaraderie within like-minded positivity. Talk about body confidence!
Tip 6 – Do NOT Let Others Determine Your Worth
Are others filling your mind with negativity? Please either talk to those people and/or get them out of your life stat. Obviously some people are in our lives for good, so it’s best to talk to them about how their view of you makes you feel. And – if they choose not to stop – then try to distance yourself. It’s easier said than done, but our own inner voices are strong enough without adding degradation from others.
Tip 7 – Treat Yourself
Are you making strides towards body confidence? Celebrate it. Get a little something to show off your assets, such as a new eyeliner, fancy belt, or even a great bag. Rewarding yourself can be a great pick me up. And ice cream counts – even though we are adults, sweet treats are still a great thing to look forward to.
Ready to head out the door with body confidence?
I hope so! Stay strong, love yourself, and be confident. You can do it!