- Remind yourself where beauty comes from
Beauty is only skin deep. You could be the most beautiful person in the world, but that doesn’t matter if you’re not kind to the people around you. True beauty comes from within so don’t make yourself uncomfortable to conform to other people’s standards of beauty, own who you are!
- Find something you love about yourself physically
Whilst looks aren’t everything, it is important for you to find at least one thing you love about your appearance. It can be anything from your hair to your lips, looking at this one place with a bit of love is all you need for a bit of confidence. It’s nice to feel nice.
- Own your flaws
You might not love everything about yourself at the minute, but self-love doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard work and constant attention to reign in the destructive thoughts that sometimes dominate your mind. Remember that self-love is a journey, and by deciding to even begin is a step in the right direction. Work to love the parts of yourself that you have been taught to hate, accept that you can’t change some things and wear those ‘flaws’ with pride!
- Invest in yourself
You are worth investing in! Whether it is investing time into something you love doing or treating yourself to some designer plus size clothing, you deserve any minute or penny you spend on yourself. It’s important to do things for yourself when life becomes overwhelming and it can be a massive boost to your confidence.
- Stop comparing yourself to others
This is the most destructive thing you can do when trying to build your confidence, however, it is in our nature to compare ourselves to other people. With the rise of social media, it is easy to compare your everyday life to someone else’s highlight reel. So, if someone on Instagram or Facebook makes you feel bad about yourself – unfollow them! Instead, replace them with someone that spreads a body positive image, a good place to start is with @plusbabygirl, @bodyposipanda and @bodypositivepear.
- Count your blessings
than looking at your body and thinking about all the things you dislike about
it. Think of all the things you have to be grateful for. When you catch
yourself talking or thinking badly about your body, try and switch it to
something positive. For example, if you are thinking of the cellulite on your
thighs, rather than dwell on that aspect, think of what your thighs allow you
to do; because of them, you are able to walk and run. Everyday your body works
to keep you alive, even when you aren’t aware of it, it is doing everything it
can to keep you going because it loves you. When you think of it like this
instead, you will start to see your body in a new light, allowing you to feel
grateful rather than negative.