It’s getting hot outside, and that means relaxing on the beach, getting some sun.
For some, it also means having to show their body to the world…and that translates to dread for those with low body confidence.
Those people—perhaps you included—need to hear how beautiful they are. But unfortunately, they also are the people least likely to listen to that sentiment.
Here are six ways you can be more confident in your body this summer.
How To Be More Confident With Your Body This Summer
1. Look at yourself in the mirror every morning
If you have low body confidence, you might be making a conscious effort to avoid mirrors, but I’m asking you to change that. And I don’t mean a quick five-second glance. I mean looking at yourself, really looking, for a few minutes.
Take in every aspect of your appearance. Let yourself really soak it in, and find what you like about your body. Remind yourself that your body is a vessel for your soul, and you should be 100% appreciative of it. You are fabulous just the way you are.
2. Remember that you’re unique
Unless you’re an identical twin (in which case, cool!), there is not a single person in the entire world who looks just like you. Out of several billion people on this planet, you are the only “you.” Don’t let that discourage you; in fact, on the contrary, let it give you pride and body confidence. Why would you want to look like anybody else but you?
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3. Stop comparing yourself
Every time you think about wanting to look like that model in a magazine, you are comparing yourself to an unattainable ideal. Sure, you can work towards having a fit and healthy body, but the models in those magazines are almost always Photoshopped to oblivion.
There’s no point in comparing yourself to anybody else, even if they haven’t been Photoshopped. Everybody has different body types. Often, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.
The only person you should be comparing your body to is the past “you.”
4. Move around every day
And I don’t mean run ten miles (unless, of course, you want to). I mean just get yourself moving in a way that makes you happy and in-tune with your body.
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Yoga is a great way to start. A lot of times, I do yoga in the mornings. Even though I’m bad at it (but working to be better!), it reminds me how amazing my body is, just the way it is.
Don’t be afraid to move your body. Celebrate it by letting it do what it was always meant to do.
5. Nourish yourself
By eating junk and processed food, you’re telling yourself that your body deserves less. Treat your body well by giving it what it needs: wholesome nutrients and fresh foods (that still taste good).
You’ll feel better on so many different levels – all of which will result in higher body confidence.
6. Wear something that makes you feel great
Again: when you wear something to cover up your body, something that you merely hide in, you’re telling yourself that your body deserves to be hidden.
Always dress in something that makes you feel fabulous, even if that means a little shopping trip. Sure, sweatpants are comfy and relaxing, but don’t make them a habit if you’re using them to hide. Have body confidence and wear something that celebrates it.
You are beautiful, and you need to know it. Look at yourself in the mirror. Remember you’re unique, and stop comparing yourself to others. Move around, nourish your body, and decorate it in garments that make you feel fantastic. Because no matter what, you are fantastic, and you should be confident with your body, you sexy fox!
Sammy Nickalls is the former content manager of Inspiyr.com and is a freelance writer for various sites, including HelloGiggles, YourTango, Quickbooks, and TWLOHA. Follow her on Twitter @sammynickalls.
Photo by SweetSweetMadeline