I wanted to share tips for feeling confident and buoyant in your own skin.
Tip #1 – REFLECT ON YOUR REFLECTION
“You should never miss a good opportunity”. I love this quote and I always ask myself that when I look in the mirror, how do you feel? Critical or content?
I was looking after at a kid the other day and when he saw himself in the mirror he ran to it and gave himself a big kiss. He loves himself! I’m not telling you to go give the mirror a kiss, that will be crazy but when you see the mirror you should be giving yourself a big mental one.
You have a beautiful, unique, capable, healthy body – take every opportunity to celebrate that!
Tip #2 – SAY FAREWELL TO SELF HATE HABITS!
You may not realise it but that mental chit-chat you have going on 24/7 may be knocking your confidence.
Meeting friends and kicking yourself for not changing your outfit, going on a date thinking he’s going to see your ever so bloated belly through the far-too-tight dress your wearing, or even just rocking up to a work event feeling like the outsider. We all have unique patterns to how our brain works – notice them and nip them in the bud.
Talk yourself up in your head, list all the reasons you’re worthy of the situation and absolutely good enough. They say fake it till you make it, but you don’t need to fake the truth, you just have to believe it.
Tip #3 – CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS FOOD
Food and body image can feel like one and the same and it shouldn’t be that way. Foods best friend should be how you feel, not how you look.
Eat to feel baddass, full of energy, happy, content – don’t eat to see a different reflection, because chances are that reflection isn’t going to be very happy.
On the other side of this, it’s easy to eat because of the way you feel, which is equally as unhealthy. Emotional eating is something we all do but we shouldn’t let it control us.
Tip #4 – BE A HIPSTER
A good way of helping to change your insecurities is writing down the things your grateful for surrounding that thing.
For example if you feel insecure about your non-existent abs, then write down something like “I’m so grateful to be able to have a healthy, working body. I’m grateful to be able to get in the gym and work on my strength. I’m grateful to see a small progression”.
Make your biggest insecurities into something you’re grateful for so as to be able to work on and change. Accept where you are in the process.
Tip #5 – BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF
One of my favourite quotes is “The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday”. It’s easy to make comparisons, but ultimately you will never be anybody but you, and you shouldn’t compare yourself to anybody else.
Confidence comes from accepting who you are, and being truly happy with being that person. It’s not an instant thing, but loving yourself is just about the best thing you can do for your health. After all you gotta rock this body every single day, you may as well feel incredible doing it.