9 Ways to Change How You See Yourself
What do you feel when you see yourself in the mirror? Do you feel happy with what you see? Or do you feel disappointed? Ashamed and not content?
Having an issue with your body image is something that many of us struggle as well. So, don’t worry because you are not alone. There may be plenty of articles you can find on the internet that is telling you that its’s what’s on the inside that really counts. But, still for some reason, standing in front of a mirror in a well-lit room still makes us feel defeated. Because how we really look and want to look affects us.
The first assessment when it comes to body image is based, of course, on how you actually look. Most advertisements now are trying to plant self-doubt, and makes you think that you have a problem with how you look. It could be your size, skin tone, your weight, your hair, etc. And they are mostly focused on women.
It is common to think that having a poor body image shows modesty. And people who appreciate how they look are narcissistic. That is not always the case. Feeling bad about the way you look can really affect your overall self-confidence. That is why, it is so important to manage the way you see and think about your body.
The following are tips that will help you get over your body shame and be more appreciative with your body.
1. Intentionally Look for Media that Encourages Positive Self-Image
There are also numerous of blogs and articles on the internet where people are happy with everything around and about them. What they do in life, how they look, and what they managed to accomplish. These kinds of information might inspire you to be like them as well.
2. Avoid Body-Shaming Media
You conform with what you inform yourself with. What you always read & watch will affect how you feel about yourself. Try avoiding advertisements, whether on TV, on the internet, or on newspaper & magazines, that are focused on body image.
3. Stay Away from Department Stores
Or shopping centers. Have you been in a clothing store when you feel like you don’t fit in? It’s because of the lighting, their music, even their floor-tiles and flashy clothes is trying to make you feel dirty and inadequate. It will make you feel inferior, it’s a form of manipulation. You are more vulnerable to buy whatever it is displayed on the windows. Not only shopping areas suck out all your money, but also makes a hole in your body confidence.
4. Avoid Toxic Conversations
Especially about appearances. When someone starts to bring up how bad they look, try and deflect. Maybe avoid agreeing and adding your flaws in the discussion. Talking about the appearances of others will lead to yourself thinking also about your own. Unless, you are feeling proud and content, this is not at all helping you.
5. Take time to Meditate
Meditating or relaxing is an effective way to clear out all the bad energy and thoughts running around your head. Maybe take about 10 to 15 minutes, or it really depends on you. and just close your eyes, clear your mind, and take deep breaths. Then think to yourself, “I accept and love my body. there is nothing in this world can bring me down.”
6. Take Care of Your Body
This means that you should make sure your body gets the nutrients it needs. Be mindful of what you consume. When you are able to eat healthier than you usually do, it will have a positive effect on your mood and energy. This does not necessarily mean that you starve yourself.
7. Think Happy Thoughts
Instead of bringing yourself down with all the negative thoughts, try happy ones instead. When looking in the mirror, instead of thinking about those nasty whiteheads, look at it and give yourself a big smile. A confident smile.
8. Pamper Yourself
When was the last time you got a haircut? Or had your eyebrows went to the spa and got a massage? You deserve this after all the stressing about your body image. You feel like a new person after pampering. It’s a chance to go live your life without feeling bad about your body image.
9. Find Something to Be Passionate About
People who have a purpose or are passionate about something are too busy getting things done rather than worrying about nonsense. Listing down and accomplishing goals are more satisfying than constantly worrying about how you look today.