Although I work with men and women of all ages, since starting my private practice, I've been working with more young females than ever before. With that change, I've become acutely aware of the epidemic of body insecurity among young women.
It's easy to see where it comes from. Turn on the TV or flip open a magazine and you're immediately bombarded with photoshopped images of overtly sexualized women who basically all look exactly the same. Although diversity is starting to be celebrated, there's still a long way to go.
The media's typically unrealistic portrayal of what women should look like is enough to make even the most secure women feel a twinge of jealousy. With the messages we receive on a daily basis, most women have to do some serious mental work to feel confident in their own skin. Listed below are five hacks to promote body confidence, because you, my friend, are perfect just the way you are!
Express gratitude for your body
Move your body
Toss the scale
What is there to love about you?
There's a lot to love about the uniquely perfect individual that is you, but when you're staring at a perceived imperfection in the mirror, it can be hard to remember what those things are. Write them down so you always have something there to remind you. Maybe there are other parts of your body that you love, like your toned arms or bright green eyes? Write that down. However, the bulk of your list should be more than your physical attributes. Write down aspects of your personality that you love. Write down your skills. List your accomplishments, both big and small. Keep that list with you and break it out whenever you need a confidence boost. Even better, write it on post it notes and stick them all around your full length mirror - then you'll truly see yourself.