Body Image Bullies, Pt 2 (3:10)
When you think about body confidence boosters, what comes to mind?
Most people would assume that in order to feel more confident about their bodies, they must make changes to it. Things like exercising more and eating healthier often come to mind. People think they must keep up with the latest diet craze, count calories, and keep track of what they eat. Things like “cheat days,” and learning the latest and greatest ways to tone various body parts can become things to obsess over.
What if I told you it’s possible to feel better about your body by simply using your mind? Sound too good to be true? Try these five body confidence boosters and find out your for yourself.
1. Pay Attention to Your Thinking
A belief is just a repeated thought, so if you are always thinking about what you don’t like about your body, you will never feel good about it. Are you constantly focusing on your love handles, the little bump on your nose, and the new wrinkles on your face? Are you regularly comparing yourself to others and thinking about how you wish yours looked more like theirs? When you spend your time thinking negatively about your body, you are reinforcing what you don’t like. It’s almost impossible to feel good and/or make lasting changes from a negative place. Just becoming aware of all of the negative thoughts swirling around in your head, is enough to move you towards more body confidence.
2. Think About What You Like
Start thinking about what you like about your body, and try making a list of at least 10 things. This can be challenging for some people, but try and make it fun. The list doesn’t have to only be full of physical, aesthetic attributes. Think about all of the things that you appreciate that your body can do. Some examples are, “I am grateful for my arms because they can hug the people I love,” and “I love my legs, because they are strong and allow me to walk places,” and “I appreciate my tongue because it allows me to taste delicious, healthy foods.” Our bodies are amazing, and when you start appreciating all of the wonderful things yours does, you will start feeling better about it.
3. Change Your Attitude
When exercising, instead of thinking about what you want to change, think things like, I am strong, and I can do it. Similar to changing the way you think about your body and changing your thoughts about your abilities will help you feel stronger, capable, and more confident.
4. Trust Your Body
Think about the fact that your body is built to take care of you if you take care of it. Your heart beats without needing to do much of anything. You often breathe with little, if any, thought about it. Your body was also born knowing how to metabolize food. Learn to trust it to do what it is meant to do. Nurture it by eating in moderation, not depriving it, giving it fuel, and getting enough sleep and exercise. Stop trying to control it so much, and allow it to do what it is supposed to do.
5. Love Yourself More
Taking care of yourself is essential when it comes to feeling more confident. When you feel stressed, run down, or unhappy, you are less inclined to take good care of yourself. This often becomes a cycle and can lead to self-loathing. In order to boost your body confidence, you must take care of yourself as you would your child or another loved one. You deserve to feel good, so tend to your needs on a daily basis. This will lead to feeling better, which will lead to taking better care of yourself, which will lead to more confidence.
Boosting your body confidence can be as easy as changing the way you think. It’s probably a little different than what you are used to hearing, but is extremely effective. Accepting, appreciating, and loving where your body is at today, no matter what, is not giving yourself permission to let yourself go. It’s giving yourself permission to feel great no matter what, which will give you the confidence, energy, and motivation to take better care of yourself each day!