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When you think about your body, do you feel confident? Do you see it in a positive light?
Today I wanted to talk about how we feel about our bodies. For me, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with my body. I’ve gone through periods were I feel really confident and sexy. However, I’ve also gone through times where I’ve felt depressed about how my body looks and feels. During those negative times, I’ll wear baggy clothes, which when I look in the mirror, does nothing to improve the way I feel.
Before I get too far into this post, I want to say that the above is completely normal for all of us to have felt this at some point. Even the most confident person has lacked that positivity and has just focused on the flaws. Its just a part of being a human.
I want you to imagine a world where you felt positive and accepting about the way you look. A world where that positivity gave you that body confidence. What would that look like to you? When I ask myself that question, I’d be lounging by the pool in a bikini, not worrying about the wobbly bits. I wouldn’t even notice that my tummy might not be flat or that my skin wasn’t perfect.
Whilst this might sound too good to be true, there are a few ways that you can improve your body confidence. No matter what your size or shape, we all deserve to feel great about the way we look. Here are a few tips that I hope will help you become more body positive…
How To Improve Your Body Confidence
Stop comparing yourself to others
Now I know this is easier said than done but I wanted this to be the first tip because I believe it to be one of the key points to being more body confident. A few years ago, I sat down and had a conversation with my mum and my nan about this. It had been brought because I was feeling low about myself after wishing myself to look like someone else. My nan spoke about in her day, nobody compared how a person looked, to the next. They just got on with things and enjoyed the small things in life. When my mum spoke about her experiences, there was a hint of comparing herself to others but again, it was something she was able to put to the back of her mind.
When I think to my teenage years and beyond, I can see a huge difference. The main cause for me has been the growth of social media. Back in the days of Bebo (that makes me feel old!) you could only just make out a face in the small profile photo. Fast forward to now and my Instagram newsfeed is full of beautiful people on a beach or by a pool. What I don’t see is that behind the scenes, it might have taken 20 photos to get that perfect shot. Its important to remember that whilst it might look perfect to you, that person can still see those flaws you don’t notice.
Focus on yourself and on the things that you love about your body. Whether its your eyes, your arms or something else, make that the focus point of a photo. Keep it on your phone so that when you feel tempted to compare yourself with others, your reminded just how amazing you are.
Fuel your body for healthiness
What you put into your body will reflect on the outside too and its important to remember that. If you eat crap because you can just work it off at the gym, not only will you feel sluggish, your skin might not feel and look great either. Body confidence starts from within which is important to remember. If you change your mindset from exercising and eating better for weight loss, to making those changes to be healthier, you will soon notice a difference in your mind.
Invest in good underwear
Once you’ve improved how you view your health, its time to start building on the outside. A make up artist will tell you that a great make up look starts with a good base and its the same when it comes to clothing. Investing in good underwear is like a golden ticket. When it fits right, you’ll feel comfortable and more confident.
I’d like to introduce you to IDentity Lingerie. They are a Lincolnshire based family run brand that produce amazing lingerie and nightwear. Body positivity is at the heart of their business, with a healthy body image being promoted across all of their platforms. All of the products on the IDentity Lingerie website are handcrafted to a high quality. With classic confidence boosting styles, they shy away from the fast fashion trends that are so harmful to our environment, instead making sustainable choices to limit the amount of waste in production.
IDentity Lingerie specialise in bras, knickers and nightwear, so there is something for everyone. The great thing is they also have custom sizes available which means if like me, your in between sizes, you can get the right fit for you. I was very kindly gifted this sexy black lace strappy panty with the floral lace bralette to try. I absolutely love both items. They are such great quality and fit perfectly. I’ve never found a bralette that actually fits so I’m over the moon with them. Good fitting underwear has definitely improved my body confidence and made me feel sexy too. I couldn’t recommend IDentity Lingerie more and would definitely suggest you having a look at the lingerie sets on sale.
Take time out for you
Its really important that you take time to have a pamper in whatever form you prefer. Your pamper could be putting on your comfiest pyjamas and reading a good book. Or it could be that you prefer a full spa-like evening, focusing on looking after your skin. However you choose to spend that time, take a glass of water with you. You’ll be sipping on it without even realising and it will make you feel so much better internally too.
Create a wardrobe that makes you feel good
If your wardrobe is full of baggy jeans and t-shirt combos, with just a couple of dresses, think about how they make you feel. When I wear a dress, I feel so much better. Its the reason why I switched up my wardrobe to contain more of those confidence boosting outfits. If you’re not sure where to begin, I’d recommend starting with dresses, jumpsuits or playsuits because they are the easiest outfits to put together without much effort. Its important to get rid of those items that are tired looking or make you feel less confident.
I hope you have found this post helpful and given you some ideas on how to improve your body confidence. Please remember that we all deserve to feel body confident and positive about the way we look. Yes we all have flaws but that’s what makes us all unique.