Every day we are bombarded with images of body perfection; in magazines, newspapers, television and social media, and it's impossible for any of us to live up to these images. The way we see ourselves affects how we feel about our body, and a poor body image comes from us feeling negative about our appearance, worrying if we're too tall, overweight or the wrong body shape.
Ways to raise your self-esteem:
- Concentrate on the parts of your body that you like
- Wear clothing that emphasises your good points
- Don't compare yourself to others
- Eat healthily but don't diet
- Begin an exercising regime
- Be active - walk and play sports regularly
- Do not smoke and only drink moderately
- Accept any compliments you receive
Sometimes it's a challenge to love our own bodies, when we’re surrounded by images in newspapers and magazines of skinny actresses and models - who's photo's have most probably been airbrushed There's a healthy weight range for our own particular body type, and we should consider that the food we put into our body is fuel, and all the choices we make about which food goes into our body should be a reflection of how good it is for our health. The number you see when you step on the scales is a measure of how healthy you are, and not how heavy.
We all have something we want to change about our body but we should only concentrate on the things we can change and not those that we can't. Instead of wishing you were taller or slimmer, go to a gym class and tone up your body. Always dress for how your body shape is and not what you wish it was, and wear clothing that you feel comfortable in, not clothes that feel too tight or restrict your movement.
Don't get stressed about size labels, as most clothes in the shops get made from templates, making it highly unlikely that these clothes will be a perfect fit on us anyway. You should feel good in the clothes you wear, so learn how to dress your own particular body shape, and find out which styles suit you and choose what works for you.
We can change the way we think about ourselves and the way we look. There are minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that you can have, which will trim your body of unwanted fat. Vaser lipo can remove excess fat that you've found hard to lose through diet and exercise. Just a little smoothing out will make you look and feel more confident, and confidence is a very important part of maintaining a healthy body image.