Body confidence is something anyone can build, regardless of their body’s shape, size or weight. We all know short people, big people, tall people, skinny people, disabled people etc., who’re equally confident about their bodies. We also know another group of the aforementioned list who’re lacking in body confidence.
But what is it that makes one person less or more body confident than the other person? It’s certainly not their body shape or size, or there would never be successful people who’re unattractive, right? Right! It must be something else then. Regardless of what you think of your body there has to be (at least) one great thing about it – your legs, your hair, your voice, your dimples… the list is enormous. Look at the picture below. I took this picture of a tiny, white water lily at the very end of its growing season. The lily itself was not a great – it was one of the puniest I’ve ever seen. However, taken against the background of the shabby, unimpressive leaves, the lily seems a perfect specimen!
This is you! Regardless of how many shabby, unimpressive ‘leaves’ you may think you possess, the perfect, great bits of your body can shine through magnificently.
Build body confidence: 5 ways to do it!
Dress for your shape for body confidence
If it looks good on your friend, it may not look right on you. If in doubt, ask the shop assistant or stylist. Most department stores have free stylists on hand. Grab one of them and ask for advice. Dressing for your shape is the first link to building body confidence because it makes you look your best. Looking your best makes you feel your best, not only because of the way others react to you, but because it’s one of the first ways to build over all self-confidence. If celebrities inspire you, then look at these celebrities who have body confidence without having stick-thin bodies.
Get sensible with body confidence issues
You know those air-brushed ads you see of celebrities with perfect bodies? When you see their smooth skin and perfect figures it makes you wish you looked like them. Well, frankly, those celebrities wish they did too! Get sensible where your body confidence is concerned. You don’t and can’t look like the perfectly air-brushed pictures and neither can the celebrities themselves. I work in TV part-time and come into contact with celebrities on a weekly basis. They look normal – just like you and me. Be sensible to understand that your little imperfections are what makes you you. People who love you, love you regardless of your little faults, just as you love them despite theirs. This is the real issue here.You won’t suddenly stop loving your best friend because you realise she’s got cellulite.
Stand tall to show body confidence
If you have to fake it to make it, it’s worth doing so. You know, many confident people started off as wimps. In order to avoid being bullied they pretended they were confident and strong. When they found out how well this worked, they did it more and more. The more they faked confidence, the more confident they became.
Stand tall and hold yourself well. This makes you taller, more elegant/handsome and confident. Tall, upright people look attractive to the opposite sex. They also look thinner and their stomach – flatter. I use this trick quite a lot for photo shoots. I push my chest out, hold my shoulders back, and think ‘elegant’. The product of this stance are pictures of me looking tall, thin, elegant and beautiful. I don’t even have to hold my tummy in when I stand tall. Experiment with this: slump and measure your waist. Now stand tall and measure it again. See! You’ve lost at least 2 inches off your pouch!
Eat right for body confidence
This goes without saying. I’m not telling you to go on a diet. I don’t believe diets are sustainable, therefore they don’t work for most people. There is a unique programme showing you how to lose weight without dieting or extreme exercise. It has psychological reinforcements and takes you step-by-step into a workable (and sustainable) solution for weight issues. It promotes a lifestyle – not a week of hard dieting. Find the healthy eating book here.
Treat your best bits for body confidence
This one sounds strange, I know. When feeling less than positive about your lack of body confidence, treat your best bits. If it’s your hair, go to the salon and get a fabulous shampoo and condition. If your best bits are your legs, go for a professional wax, moisturise and feet massage. If you think your face is the most attractive part of you, then get a facial. You get the drift. Let your best bit work hard for you. Like the lone water lily above, it’s the thing that will be your shining light, the thing that people congratulate you for and remark positively about.
Now you’ve got some great points about grabbing your handful of body confidence. Go out there and let your light shine. Work on these five points, and if you’ve got a friend who can use some tips on body confidence, why not send this article to him/her. If you’ve got some tips about building body confidence please share them below in the comment box.
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