As a woman, it’s easy to look in the mirror and compare yourself to others. You might be thinking about how you could lose a few pounds or how your thighs are too big. When we focus on our flaws, it can have a negative impact on our self-esteem and lead us down a dangerous path of mental health issues like depression and eating disorders. As someone who has dealt with my body imperfections and those of many other women, I know firsthand just how damaging this can be for one’s mental state.
To combat these thoughts that will only make you feel worse about yourself, here are some tips that may help you deal with your body imperfections:
Acceptance is the first step to dealing with body imperfections:
Accept your body for what it is and how it looks. Don’t try to compare it with someone else’s. It’s totally fine to have scars or other body imperfections as they make you unique in a particular way.
Love your body: Spend some time every day doing something for yourself that makes you feel good about the way you look, whether it’s taking a bath or going for a walk outside. Taking care of your body will show how much love and respect you have for yourself.
Use positive affirmations to replace negative thoughts: Every morning when we wake up, repeat three times, “I am beautiful just as I am.” This technique helps us change our perspective on ourselves by focusing on what we like in ourselves versus focusing on flaws which can lead to low self-esteem.
Get creative with makeup
Many women think they need artful masks to cover their imperfections, but there are many ways where makeup can create wonders on your skin. A few tips for makeup are to not use too much, create a natural look with brown eyeshadow and mascara, or play around with color using bright lipsticks.
Love Yourself: Make time every day doing something for yourself that makes you feel good about how your body looks, whether it feels like taking a bath or going out for a walk outside-taking care of our bodies shows love and respect we have towards ourselves, repeat three times every morning “I am beautiful just as I am right now.”
Find activities that make you feel good: Everyone is different, and what makes one person happy may not be the same for another. Some people might find walking to make them feel better, while others need something more intense, like a rigorous workout routine or boot camp class. Whatever it is, try going outside your comfort zone and doing an activity that gets you out of breath to combat negative thoughts.
Talk about how you feel with someone close
There’s no shame in opening up about how body imperfections have made you feel down on yourself because there’s nothing wrong with having these feelings! If talking isn’t enough for you, consider seeing a therapist who can help you talk through these troubles with you.
Keep in mind that no one has a perfect-looking body: It’s easy to compare ourselves to other women on social media but remember they have filters and are often Photoshopped, so their bodies look much better than ours. This can lead us down the path of feeling inadequate, all while comparing our self-worth against someone else’s appearance, which will never be fair because we aren’t them! If you still find this difficult, then give up social media completely, as research shows that 80% of the people on social media are more than likely not happy.
Get dressed up for special occasions, so you feel confident in your clothes:
Some people like to wear a special outfit for their birthday, prom night or just on the weekend. It’s important that we feel confident in ourselves when going out, so put on an outfit you love and really enjoy feeling beautiful! For instance, if you are overweight and want to dress up boldly, then check out the boob tape that gives a perfect touch to your body.
Find hobbies: It’s always good to have some fun with your friends outside of social media. Find something you’re passionate about – whether it be painting, playing sports with other girls who share an interest in what you do, or dancing-and find someone you can spend time having fun with how they are.
See a therapist: Sometimes, talking through these troubles is best done face-to-face, so seeing a therapist might help if there was one available near where you live. They will listen without judging and provide a lot of insights and tips to help you feel better about yourself.
We know it may be hard, but it’s important to remember that you are beautiful in your way. We hope these tips can help you find a more positive mindset and feel better about yourself for who you are.