Feel Confident In Your Skin This Summer
With the weather heating up we all face re-robing for the beach. While shimmying into a bikini might be something to look forward to (warm weather and sunshine, hello) for some of us, it can send shivers down the spine. Yes, it can be a daunting task, and if you’re feeling a little self-conscious, here are a few useful tips you can actually use, so you can shift your focus to enjoying the fun, this summer.
Go on a media diet
If you’re spending spring flicking through pages of photoshopped women in swimwear, it’s going to skew your perception of beauty. Cut out all media that makes you feel bad about your body. When you stop focusing on other people, your self-confidence will exponentially grow.
Move your booty
Participating in “joyful movement” - emphasis on joyful. If you don't enjoy gym time - and just go to 'slim down' - you’re not going to feel good about your time there. Choose movement that you will enjoy. Try something that makes you feel more embodied and comfortable in your skin. Not only will the endorphins boost your happiness, but studies show that those who exercise generally feel better about their bodies.
Don’t criticize yourself in front of others
Removing body negative words will help you talk positively and in turn feel positively about your body. Finding peace in your body and not engaging in body or diet talk is essential. Choosing words like ‘beautiful’, ‘vibrant’ and ‘vivacious’ to describe yourself will help you feel those words, too.
Take time to love yourself
Feeling body positive is not going to occur overnight, but it’s a habit that can be mastered eventually by taking time out to love yourself. Practice self compassion by understanding that body peace can take time, but is possible.
Purge your ‘ghost of wardrobe’s past’
Do you have a dress hanging in your wardrobe that doesn’t fit you anymore, but you’re keeping it around just in case? Get rid of these items that are dragging down your self-esteem. It's just taking up space and making you feel bad. It’s also a great excuse to go shopping and replace it with something that is going to make you feel great.
With a little time and positive thinking, you could be donning your swimwear and running down to the beach carefree. Try to live by the mantra “all bodies are good bodies,” which is so true. After all, inner beauty is worth much more than superficial appearance.