Recently, I noticed negativity settling in, it can creep upon us all. My once optimistic mentality had become pessimistic. I decided to practice self-love to counterbalance the energy. Realising I wasn’t alone, I wanted to help my audience to feel confident too. Here are four quick ways to practice self-love and body confidence daily. If you do try a technique, let me know how you progress.
There’s no doubt that obstacles will occur, it’s how we decide to react to them, that matters. Typically, it’s a fight or flight response, which path will you choose to take?
When negativity creeps in, flip it into a positive situation. Let me give you an example. I wanted to attend an event this month, however, I’m abroad the whole weekend. Instead of allowing this one moment to ruin the rest of my day. I turn to positive thinking. Naming three things in this situation that I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for being able to travel, to celebrate my birthday abroad and spend it with good company.
This method can be used for small occurrences or deeper situations. It all bubbles down to your mind-set.
Kindness should be at the core of any conversation. Yet, we have a tendency to speak to ourselves harshly. Constantly criticising, this can have a long-lasting effect on the mind and body confidence. You begin to project your own insecurities onto others.
We all affirm things on a daily basis, even if we don’t notice it. Have you caught yourself saying things like I can’t do this, this won’t work, or I lack confidence. These are all negative affirmations, try focusing on the positive and see your mentality shift.
I’ve been on both sides, that’s why I can say this actually works. By saying it out loud, you’re putting it into the universe. Slowly but surely, you begin to believe in the words you’re saying. For example, if I continue to say I am deserving, I’ll open myself up to receive the blessings I was previously blocking. I’d begin to see more opportunities, experiences and belief in myself
If you’re more visual and need a prompt, invest in affirmation cards. There’s one for every category. Careers, relationships, parenting, or you can opt for a lifestyle pack, covering all the bases. Up until now, I’ve been doing affirmations every morning and evening. I feel the next step is to get a deck of cards and continue my journey of self-love further.
In my previous post, size is just a number, I gave you a short exercise to expand your confidence. Following on from that lesson, we take it a little deeper.
Take a deep breath and look into your eyes and say I am beautiful. After a minute, begin to ask yourself these questions whilst looking in the mirror.
- What’s the first thing you notice about your body?
- How do you feel looking at yourself?
- Why do you feel the way you do?
- Name one thing you like about yourself.
Hopefully, you were able to get a little insight. To end the exercise, remind yourself that you are fabulous. It doesn’t stop there, I want you to challenge your boundaries.
- If you usually hide your stomach, wear a crop top.
- Insecure about short dresses, wear a mini skater skirt or wrap dress.
- If you don’t like showing your arms, wear a short sleeve top then progress to a spaghetti strap top.
Wear it, even if it’s only for an hour, but take note. How does it make you feel? Have the insecurities disappeared? Were you complimented? Is your body confidence increasing?
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Growing up I was never exposed to women that looked like me. Mainstream media had a narrow mind about beauty. Although it is changing, there’s still more to do, for a truly diverse representation.
Recently, I’ve been scrolling through Instagram. One thing I’ve noticed, brands are diversifying their campaigns. Over the past two days, Missguided and Simply Be have released campaigns. Both are celebrating women and body confidence. Spreading messages of loving thyself and making way for the new icons – I’m here for it all!
Representation is important, especially for younger girls growing up now. Personally, not seeing South Asian or plus-size women represented made me question my worth. I decided to change this through immersion.
Rather than rely on mainstream media, I began searching and watching the work of the women I admired. Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Ashley Graham and smaller creatives whose message I resonated with. Following more South Asian, plus-size and body-positive individuals made me feel happier. I related to the messages they shared.
Try two things today – follow two people who you feel represent you on social media. After following them for a week, reflect how they make you feel. Create a Pinterest board of bodies that represent you. Look at it daily. Remind yourself that there’s a diverse range of bodies in the world, despite what society may say.