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Body Image Issues: How to Gain Confidence
Having a negative view of yourself or having body image issues can affect your behaviour in many unhelpful ways.
For example, you might:
- avoid social situations
- not speak your mind
- not feel confident to express your uniqueness through styles of clothing or hair
- avoid activities and/or sports that expose your body
There can be many reasons that you might not feel comfortable with your body.
Understanding that …
- the media significantly influences our perceptions and standards of physical beauty – they often portray super thin, taller than average women with perfect complexions and perfect bodies. It is simply unrealistic for most people to look like this!
- it can take time to adjust to the body changes that occur as a natural part of puberty
- it is normal to feel awkward and to become fixated on imperfections particularly during adolescence
- it is common to want to portray your own unique look and style but also “fit in” and be accepted by your peers, but this isn’t always easy to do
- beauty has many definitions
- people come in all shapes and sizes
- the majority of people don’t look like models
- even models have had a lot of assistance to achieve their look – many of the images that are portrayed in magazines and commercials have been digitally modified to enhance models’ appearance
- no one is perfect
… can help you set realistic expectations for yourself when it comes to your body.
And you might gain confidence and find it helpful if you:
- focus on the aspects of your face and body that you like and then accentuate these
- be yourself when you are choosing clothes and accessories – people will admire you for expressing the real you
- choose a hair style that is compatible with your type of hair and that you can manage
- accept compliments without debating the issue or dismissing the comment – just say “Thank you”
- maintain an active lifestyle and a healthy body weight