Every single person has insecurities about their own body. It’s natural to feel down at times, but your body image should not be something that tears you down every single day. There are several ways to feel more confident in your own body. Here are a few methods that may work for you.
Appreciate the Body You Have
According to the annual plastic surgery procedural statistics, in 2017, there were 17.5 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. Have you ever thought about getting plastic surgery? Maybe it’s something you’ve thought about, or maybe it’s something you’ve really considered. It is certainly a personal choice, but if it’s something you merely think about but won’t ever pursue, you should start shifting your mindset.
While it’s easier said than done, attempt to appreciate the body you do have. Perhaps you don’t like the shape of your nose. Perhaps you wish your breasts were a different size. Perhaps you wish you had skinnier legs or arms. Guess what: everyone has thoughts similar to these. You are not alone. With this in mind, instead of thinking about being smaller or bigger than you are, give yourself compliments. Appreciate your body for what it is.
Learn the Ins and Outs of Your Body
On a similar note, you may not appreciate and feel confident in your body because you don’t know just how important each aspect is in the scheme of things. For example, you may dislike your nose. However, did you know that the nasal septum is made up of bone and cartilage, lined with mucous membranes? This structure not only separates the two nasal passages, but it also provides structural support to the outside of the nose, which improves airflow dynamics inside the nose.
Each aspect of your body – whether it be your nose, mouth, ears, feet, stomach, or arms – serves a greater purpose, and we often forget this when we are criticizing our own bodies. Attempt to see and understand the importance of each body part instead of demolishing them because of how they look to you.
Remember That Our Brains Distort Reality
When you look in a mirror, we see a version of our faces and bodies that is morphed. Mirrors are always angled, so there is no way to see our bodies for exactly what they look like. This likely scares many people. While we want to see what we look like to others, we never truly can. More than anything, the way we look at our own bodies is in of itself a distortion. Our brains can work as negative messengers, providing an image when we look in the mirror of what we want to see.
If you’re feeling down on yourself, your brain may conjure up negative thoughts while you’re looking in the mirror. If you’re feeling more confident, looking in the mirror may elevate that confidence. Either way, remember that what you see is up to you. Attempt to see the beauty and confidence in yourself each time you look in the mirror.
Wear Clothes that Flatter Your Body
Do you remember the TV show What Not To Wear? Essentially, it was about two fashion and clothing experts who helped women and men alike create a wardrobe of clothing that not only flattered their bodies but also made them feel more confident in themselves. Many of the individuals on the show wore baggy clothing to cover themselves, or they didn’t expand their color scheme outside of black or dark grey in order to avoid sticking out.
Many people — including yourself — may use these same methods to cover your own body. Instead, attempt to celebrate it. Set aside some money and buy some clothing you think is beautiful. Try some new colors, and be sure the clothing fits and doesn’t simply hang on your body. Go outside of your comfort zone; you never know what you will like unless you try it on and see for yourself. A shopping spree can be a venture you embark on alone, or it can be something you and your friends can do together with encouragement and love being expressed along the way.
Utilize Products That Bring You Confidence
Aside from clothing, many individuals use makeup as a way to express themselves. With so many products and creative ideas available to us, there are so many ways to use makeup as a tool of self-expression and beauty. Many people only use simple products, such as mascara, an eyebrow pencil, and lip gloss. Some like to use eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick, foundation, bronzer, and more. Whether you choose to wear makeup or not, remember that feeling beautiful in one’s body looks different for everyone.
Many individuals also utilize beauty products to feel more confident in themselves. Some people use skin care products, such as moisturizers, face masks, and acne washes, to feel beautiful. Some people like to paint their nails because it makes them feel good. Some people invest in braces to correct their imperfect teeth. The second most common reason for braces, besides aesthetics, is an overbite, but either way, it’s a personal choice that allows many people to feel more confident in their smiles.
Every single person has the power and the right to feel confident and beautiful in their own bodies. For some it is difficult, and for others, it’s easier. It’s a process many individuals struggle with throughout their entire lives. Take the necessary steps now to start feeling more confident in your own body.
Appreciate and understand your own body, remember that we distort our own image, and find clothes, methods, and products that make you feel beautiful. You have the ability and power to feel beautiful and confident in your own body.