No human being is perfect. We all have our flaws, quirks and problems. For example, I think there was a point in everyone’s lives when they looked in the mirror and didn’t like what they saw regarding their body: sagging tummy, wrinkles, stretch marks, you name it. I think that during quarantine, this feelings have intensified, because we spent more time analysing ourselves and our bodies. And some people accept them as they are, but others…not so much. Other people try to change these things to be “beautiful” in society’s eyes. And honestly, I can tell you from experience that if you don’t like your body, you are unhappy with one little thing and then you get rid of it, you will find something else to dislike. So what’s left to do? We should love ourselves and our bodies, because in the end, that’s all we have. Well, this is easier said than done, so I will write about some tips and tricks that will make you love yourself and your body.
Take a break from social media
We all know those influencers and Instagram models who look too good to be real! That’s because they aren’t. They edit their photos and hide their flaws to look better. I always found myself comparing to other people and I kept saying: “She’s beautiful, why can’t I be like her?”. Because I’m not her. That’s why. During this social media break, try to focus on activities that actually improve your life and make you feel better.
Focus on your well-being
Instead or worrying so much about how you look, try focusing on your mind. I know this sounds too spiritual, but think of it: if you engage in activities that make you feel better, your mind will be there and you won’t think of the bad things. You are happy! That’s all that matters at that moment. Go for a walk and learn new things. It’s unproductive to waste your life worrying about insignificant stuff.
Buy clothes that properly fit your body
I remember being a lot skinnier than I am now and I’m upset that I no longer look like that. I looked at my jeans that couldn’t fit me and I felt upset. But then, I went shopping and I got new ones that actually fit my body. And guess what? I look totally fine! Why am I worried? It’s normal for your body to change over time and it’s okay if you don’t fit in the clothes you wore when you were 18.
Eat good food
I know this sounds harsh, but bear with me. Whenever I eat healthier, regardless of how I looked, I felt a lot good about myself: I managed to eat healthy for once! I am amazing! And this has done wonders for me so far. My body looks the same, but I have a more positive outlook regarding it. Even something little and healthy such as an apple or a banana works perfectly fine!
Get rid of the negative thoughts
This is easier said than done, but not impossible. Write all the negative thoughts down and replace them with good thoughts. When I was younger, I used to keep a “happy jar” – I put in it everything that made me happy and whenever I had a bad day, I used to open it and look at the many reasons why I should be happy.
I totally understand how hard it is to struggle with your body image and it is important that we love ourselves. With that comes everything.