How to feel confident in your own body

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How to feel confident in your own body? While my blog primarily focuses on fashion, I want to take a moment to reflect on something that’s important to me and what my message stands for: body confidence.

I get a lot of questions of what courage it takes to stand in front of a camera. Obviously it’s my choice but it doesn’t come easy, especially coming from an introvert who never believed she would ever feel confident in her body. Taking pictures and editing them forces you to look at yourself, even in the most unflattering poses. Life shattering isn’t it. I decided that I would share 7 tips I internalize to create a positive aura and feel confident in my body, well sometimes 😉 .

First you have to promise me that you will always stay body positive especially in a world where we’re made to feel as if we don’t deserve to be stylish and beautiful, due to our size.

Spend more Time in front of the mirror

If you’re like most women who aren’t comfortable with their bodies, you try and avoid yourself in the mirror – especially while nude. Here’s the harsh reality: the mental effects of seeing yourself in the nude more often can actually change your perception of your body, drastically! If you didn’t grow up in a naked house like me, being naked is something I am not super comfortable with. In the shower I look down from the birds view and everything looks larger than it is. I read up on this and started spending a bit more time in front of the mirror in the nude – with the curtains closed. Trust me, it’s such a phsycological thing. We have this certain image of our bodies which we pick apart because we never actually focus on how we actually look. While at first this may be uncomfortable, after forcing your naked image to be in your face more often, you’ll soon get used to seeing your reflection without looking away or picking it apart.

Motivate yourself

Tell yourself how beautiful you are and you might actually start to believe it. Compliment yourself. Your hair, your beautiful big eyes, your long natural lashes. Whatever your body hang-up is, find a way to change the negative into a positive, and over time, the positive thought will outshine the negative one.

Surround yourself with body-positive people.

I cannot stress this one out. I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard or said the phrase “Why the hell are you complaining, you’re skinny”. I dislike people talking about their bodies and other peoples bodies in a negative way. On one hand, we might not like what we see, but we can still change it. Appearance is how you perceive yourself, it won’t stop you from being more popular, getting that promotion and so on. There’s much worse things in the world going on that having a butt, tiny waist, or long legs like a model. Appreciate that you have a healthy body and cut ties with those who whine about it all the time.

Reality Check

It’s 2016, through social media, us normal girls who aren’t make-up girls finally know what strobing, highlighting and contouring is. The jig is up, some personalities have a glam squad of four and up that make sure their skin and hair look perfect.n top of that, a lot of pictures are airbrushed, and their pictures are taken in perfect lighting and most of us don’t look like that in real life. Here we come wanting to look like that while getting ready to go to work. We have households to run, a job to do, other people to care for and not enough time in the day to take care of ourselves – and that’s okay! No one is perfect, so don’t set that standard for yourself. Leave that for that girls night out or night at the opera with that special someone. OAspire to be the best version of yourself, not the unrealistic ideals of beauty we see in the media which most of the time aren’t real.
Stop bad mouthing celebrities and other women
It’s easy to read the gossip magazines, websites or E! news and trash-talk celebrities, but this often translates to trash-talking women you see on the street, on the internet, and most importantly the one you see in the mirror. Instead of looking for flaws, give a compliment, and mean it! Women are not always your competition, stop judging and start living. Life is way to short. Over time, you’ll start to compliment yourself vs. putting yourself down. Truth be told, no one’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean we should look for imperfections.
Look Good Feel Good
Feeling good about yourself is so much more than the clothes you wear, or making sure your roots aren’t showing. For most of us, making the effort to look good, makes us feel good internally, thus boosting self-esteem and confidence. For you, that might mean going au naturel on the daily, or never leaving the house without a full face of makeup. Either way, make an effort to take care of yourself in the ways that make you feel good. Go the extra mile and paint your nails, get a weekly blow out, learn to do a perfect top knot- whatever it is that makes you feel amazing, do that!
Smile More

In the past if someone looked my way, I thought it was because they were either laughing inside about how freakishlyI walk in heels, or how my hair is much too big for my head.  Now, when I catch someone looking my way, I smile with confidence, even if I don’t necessarily feel confident at the moment. Forcing yourself to smile can trick your mind and body into thinking you feel confident and amazing, and eventually the feelings of insecurity will go away and you will feel confident and amazing.

Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it!

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