Learning to love your body is crucial.
From magazine ads to music videos, women are barraged by images of stick-figure women who are far from the norm. If a woman is not a size 4, she may consider herself overweight and strive to obtain a body image that's unachievable.
These unrealistic goals lead to low self-esteem and negative body image. The truth is, no body is perfect. We all have flaws. The best way to combat poor body image is by loving the body you have. Below are some ways to improve your self-image.
Find something you like about your body
It is easy to point out the imperfections, but why not find something you love about yourself? Look in the mirror. It could be your hips or your thighs. Whatever it is, focus on that and write it down. Once this is done, go deeper. What is that you love about your legs? How do they make you feel? Focusing on something positive will help enhance the personal image you have of yourself.
Simply getting a good quality sleep can enhance a person's overall look. Most experts recommend six to eight hours of sleep. Deep sleep is considered "quality" because it enables the brains to reboot in a sense. During this time there is an immense amount of activity going on inside the brain. Once a person establishes a regular sleep pattern, they will feel ten times better and begin to look better. Studies have shown that people who get more sleep tend to weigh less than those who get less than six hours. So rest up.
Practice positive self dialogue
What you tell yourself is more important than what others tell you. This is because your "inner dialogue" often reflects how you feel about yourself. That's why some people can deal with outside crisis better than others. If a person likes who they are, it doesn't matter what other people say about them. Start this process by saying something positive to yourself. It could be "I love my eyes." The more you do this, the better you will feel about who you are.
"You are what you eat." What you put in our body comes out in your appearance. It is essential to have a well-balanced diet that contains vitamin c, d, a, and a. These vitamins help make the skin look better. Fish like salmon and tuna are excellent because they contain Omega 3 fatty acids. Green vegetables like asparagus and spinach are excellent for the body. Variety and moderation are the keys to a healthy diet. When you eat well, you feel better. In the long run, you will begin to look better.
Physical activity is great for the body. It will help you look better, feel better and do better in life. You could exercise by walking, running, jogging, doing squats, pull ups, or stretches. Determine what fits your fitness style. Find time to do some form of physical activity -- 30 minutes a day, 3 to 4 times a week.
These are just some of the ways you can start feeling better about yourself. If you look within and tap into what is already there, you will find you have everything you need. Being you is enough.