It’s no secret that both men and women struggle with body image issues and insecurities. It makes sense as to why. People are bombarded with advertisements and influences that tell them their bodies aren’t good enough. However, in recent years, the body positive movement has risen to prominence. Giving both men and women the opportunity to forgo negative body talk and embrace themselves as is. While studies show that women appear to be more dissatisfied with their bodies than men, the body positive movement has given women more confidence in recent years.
But what happens when times get tough and the body-positive mindset wanes? Even in a perfect world, a body-positive mindset isn’t easy to cultivate and keep. Naturally, negative self-talk can seep in and tank a person’s confidence. Pair the everyday messages and influences that tell people they aren’t good enough with a tragedy or set back, and a negative mindset can soon become the norm.
If you’re struggling with harnessing your body positive thoughts to foster confidence and better self-esteem. Implement these confidence-boosting activities into your daily routine.
Dress to Impress (Yourself)
Whether you have somewhere to be or you’ve got no plans, get dressed in your favorite outfit. When you look good, you feel good, and embracing cute clothes for plus size women could turn your confidence up quite a few notches. If you’re feeling uninspired by your current wardrobe, research plus size spring fashion tips to feel excited about getting dressed. Even if you plan on staying in all day, changing out of sweatpants and a baggy T-shirt will instantly put you in a better mood. When you view your appearance in a positive light and learn how to style your body type, you are more likely to have a body-positive mindset throughout the day. Don’t believe us? Try it!
Recite and Create Positive Affirmations
When the events of the world or your personal life seem to bring doom and gloom. It’s normal to fall into negative self-talk or scared and insecure feelings. However, you can easily pick yourself up and infuse positivity into your mind by reciting positive affirmations. Studies show that when you say it, you start to believe it. Jot down the negative self-talk you notice happening most often and rephrase these thoughts to be positive. For example, if you’re struggling with your body image and you notice yourself talking harshly about your body, take a statement like “I wish my tummy was smaller,” and turn it into “I embrace my curves. My body is remarkable.” Then, take these positive affirmations and place them on sticky notes that you put around your house or on your mirror. You can also recite them to yourself while looking in the mirror. If you notice your mind running wild, take control of your narrative with this approach!
Limit Your Media Consumption
Whether it’s your favorite TV show, a magazine or the news, the mass media plays a big role in the mindset of most people. It can influence the thoughts you have and, more importantly, how you feel about yourself. It can be difficult to remain body positive when you don’t see yourself reflected in your favorite forms of media and you are constantly inundated with negative news while scrolling through endless photoshopped photos. Mute the constant noise by limiting your exposure to social media and news. Whether that means you allow yourself only a couple of hours or minutes on social media. Or you vow to abstain from watching the news three days a week, you’ll notice a shift in your mindset.
Craft a Girl Gang or Friend Group Just Like You
Take a look around your friend group or favorite virtual social media tribe. Do any of these girls look like you or have the same body type? Because women are naturally wired to compete with other women, surrounding yourself with a group of girls who don’t share your same struggles or body type may cause you to constantly compare yourself to others, which can easily tank confidence and make you resort to negative body talk. Whether in person or digitally, create a girl squad that reflects your own self. If you are having a hard time associating with a new friend group, start following more women who look like you on social media. This way, when you do consume media, you are constantly seeing yourself. This will help you normalize and appreciate your figure more often, which is what body positivity is all about!
Shift From Negativity to Gratitude
If you notice negative thoughts clouding your mind, think about the things you are grateful for. Being in a positive mindset is imperative to cultivating body positivity within yourself. It can be helpful to think about what you’re thankful for when your confidence is dwindling or you’re feeling overwhelmed with negativity.
Create Positive Distractions
Remaining in a negative mindset can be crippling and could cause you to stay away from the activities you routinely enjoy–like listening to music or creating art. However, taking up a new hobby or picking up a new book could allow you to take your mind off negativity and put you in a positive mood and mindset.
Try Yoga or Meditating
If you desire to dive deeper and harness a positive mindset. Practice meditation to create your own reality or uncover where your negative thoughts may manifest. Yoga is all about reconnecting with your body and taking your spirituality to new heights. Yoga can help you regain trust and confidence in your own body. Creating a positive outlook on your inner and outer health.
Regardless of where you are on your body positivity journey, always remember to have patience with yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day!