6 Steps to Body Confidence

6 Steps to Body Confidence

Going through puberty is hard. We go through so many changes, both internally and externally, and it can take a toll on our mental well being. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable with the changes your body goes through, but with the pressure of society’s standards of beauty, it can affect our self-image and bring about emotional instability. Here are some tips on how to have a more body-positive outlook.

 

(Flickr/Lynn Skordal)

(Flickr/Lynn Skordal)

See deeper

Rather than just looking at the surface, spend more time focusing on your inner beauty and who you truly are as a person. No matter what you look like on the outside, you are who you are on the inside. So let your inner beauty shine through. Once you can see that your personality is beautiful, you will feel beautiful.

 

Think positive

Everyone has those inner voices that point out their flaws, you just need to learn to tune them out. Whenever you have a negative thought about yourself, push it away and replace it with something positive. The more you fight negative thinking, the better you will feel.

 

Don’t compare

Stop comparing yourself to those around you. Everyone was created with their own unique set of qualities. Someone may be better at one specific thing than you, but you may be better than them in a different aspect.

 

Find what you like

Really look at yourself and find the qualities that you love. Whenever you look in the mirror, spend more time focused on those qualities than the ones that you don’t like as much. You can’t change every aspect of yourself, so learn to love what you have.

 

Use positive affirmations

Tell yourself you are beautiful, out loud. Even if you don’t believe it at first, keep saying it because you will learn to believe it. Tell yourself you look good in the morning when you get ready. Put on clothes that you like and walk around with confidence in them. The more you hold your head high, the better you will feel.

 

Surround yourself with happy people

If you are unhappy and you surround yourself with unhappy people, you will only feel worse. Stick with your more positive friends. They will help bring you up and keep your mind away from the negative. And it’s always easier to fight with a team than all alone.

 

Everyone has flaws, but you are beautiful. Stop spending time on all of the things that you feel badly about and spend more time on things that make you feel happy. It’s okay to go through rough patches, but don’t let it take over who you are. When it comes down to it, your insides are so much more important than what’s on the outside.

 

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