Tip #1: Remember the Basics
Self-care can simply be described as the deliberate actions you take to nurture yourself physically and mentally.
Many people underestimate the power of basic self-care essentials like getting a good night’s sleep or maintaining personal hygiene. But these things are strong pillars when it comes to building a healthy self-esteem.
Furthermore, remember to do the basics in detail as well. Things like trimming your nails, washing your hair, or brushing your teeth give you that added power to fight off body image issues.
Tip #2: Keep a Running List
Keeping a running list doesn’t mean keeping score in comparison any person or even yourself. What this actually means is that you should write down the things you like about yourself.
At first, this may be difficult. If you’re like most people struggling with body image issues then you have a love/hate relationship with yourself. Lamentably, often, hate dominates the show.
Nevertheless, challenge those negative feelings and dare to oppose the self-depraving thoughts. If you have even the slightest admiration for your smile, for example, write it down. Keep a running list of these positive aspects and read through it often.
Your “likes” might never actually outnumber your “dislikes.” But you begin to feel a positive force interwoven in your list. This force will undoubtedly overtake the negative force driving your body image issues.
Tip #3: Adopt a Mantra
Not every day is filled with sunshine and rainbows. Such is life.
On less than perfect days, it can be hard to maintain the ground you’ve conquered in your battle against your body image issues. Avoid the temptation to retreat, but rather adopt a positive mantra with which to encourage yourself. Sometimes, all it takes for your thoughts to align with a healthy mindset is a verbal proclamation.
So, when you feel like you’re losing ground or particularly dislike what you see in the mirror one day, challenge your mind to shift back to a positive headspace. Your feelings will soon follow suit.
Tip #4: Steady the Balance
Much like getting an adequate amount of rest and taking care of your self-care essentials, keep your diet at the forefront of your efforts. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Good food is the fuel for your body. It can even impact your mood. So don’t slack when it comes to feeding yourself the good stuff.
And further still, remember to get moving. Exercise is so powerful! Even a brisk walk can boost your mood, get your creative juices flowing, and give you more energy.
Diet and exercise are shouted from the rooftops by health gurus. And for good reason, too. Combined, they are like a one-two punch against body image issues.
Tip #5: Amp Up the Outside
Whether you enjoy fashion or not, take stock in the way you appear. The way you look affects the way you feel and carry yourself.
This doesn’t mean you need to go buy an entirely new wardrobe. Simply find a few outfits that make you feel confident, and wear them. Being the next trendsetter doesn’t need to be your goal. Rather, your goal should be to increase your self-esteem by giving attention to your outward appearance.
You might not feel 100 percent better on the first attempt at wearing a great outfit. But give it time. Your effort will soon translate into improved self-esteem.
If you’re ready to conquer body image issues, please contact me. I would love to help you navigate through your emotions and support you as you reclaim your confidence.