We live in a world that constantly emphasizes on the standards of beauty… How a size is either too small or not small enough, bigger in certain places is better, what the fastest and quickest methods are to slim and trim, etc.
There have been countless articles, campaigns, and TV shows that harp on this hot topic, only because it’s the most controversial in today’s society, but it nevertheless is an unavoidable subject. Here we will shed some positive thoughts on how to find at least a little bit of happiness and acceptance with one’s body image.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally difficult in this day in age to find acceptance with who we are because everywhere we turn ,there’s a new diet to try or Victoria Secret model that graces herself on the cover of Vogue. There’s only so much we can change externally and be in control of…ultimately, it’s a decision we are faced to make. Do we change because we have to or because we want to?
Changing our bodies for the healthier aspect is one thing, but if we are starving ourselves because society says so or the current glamour girl looks it, then we need to reevaluate what we are doing.
Here are a few tips the next time you are in a negative state of mind:
- Self Talk. Positive affirmations we seek from others simply won’t do our self esteem justice. You must firmly believe that you are beautiful yourself before taking someone else’s word for it. If this takes writing a few encouraging words on some sticky notes and putting it around your room, then do it!
- Encourage others to look and feel good and in turn, it will help you to feel the same way. Knocking down another person’s appearance is only projecting insecurities you may have onto them, not to mention it also demonstrates a lack of inner beauty.
- Take a few extra minutes to fully embrace yourself while standing in front of a mirror. Several girls find mirrors to be their worst enemy, but we must get past this and get a little vain in front of the vanity!
- Depending on your body type, I find it helps me to find a particular public figure that resembles me body wise. This can give a sense of empowerment and healthy understanding that if a curvier or more petite woman is well recognized and respected, it can lead you to feel the same!
Though these tips are not the cure-all to fend off the beauty standards society avidly hypes about, it still is a seed to plant in your head to get you thinking. This is all it takes to tune out the noise that has potential to interfere with your happiness and self acceptance. Do today differently and THINK POSITIVE!