As teenagers we struggle with the aspect of #BodyConfidence and how we “NEED” to get thigh gaps and 6-packs but recently I started thinking about the term body confidence, and how it is truly upsetting to see girls call themselves “fat” and be belittled by other girls due to being “too heavy” or “too skinny”. Is your body image bothering you? Read on!
1. You don’t owe ANYBODY the ‘perfect body’
If somebody tried to be offensive towards your body image, YOU have the right to not take on board that negative emotion. It’s best to dismiss the arrogance in a mature manner and walk away. People who expect you to look a certain way aren’t worth your time because guess what? You don’t owe them anything!
2. Magazines, t.v shows and media
Magazines use photoshop and retouch most photographs in order to portray a false appearance and image. They erase blemishes and everything natural on the body in order to gain pounds.. because nobody wants to see Madonna’s wrinkles no. we want to see Madonna looking so cartooned we can hardly recognize the poor women. We’re force-fed to be skinny and have a #ThighGap (and boys you’re constantly fed to be bulky with a six-pack) but in reality… magazines aren’t teachings us to be ourselves. Why would you want to read articles that don’t encourage you to be yourself? Magazines continue to play with our emotions and regularly repeat that we aren’t “skinny” or “hench” enough.
They declare models to be perfect but what is perfect? Perfect is not stuffing pills down your throat nor purging over a toilet. We’re not perfect we have blotchy skin, ache and off coloured teeth (the list goes on!).
3. Celebrate the body parts you love
- Buying clothes – That you feel comfortable in.
- Have a relaxing bath – https://www.lush.co.uk/products/bath
4. Fuel your mind
Fuel your mind with positivity
Your brain plays an important part in how you feel
Remember you can easily change your feelings of sadness to positivity
Recognize and reject body image myths
Accept how I look and how others look
Value my body by treating it well
Encourage more people to be #BodyConfident
Are you body confident? Leave your thoughts/stories below.
Until next time,