WELCOME TO YOUR MOST CONFIDENT SUMMER YET
The way we feel in our own skin influences so much of our life. Your body certainly does not define who you are, but how you feel about it surely has an impact on how you feel about yourself as a person. So, how is your relationship with your body and self-image?
This year I have been on a journey to really work toward feeling more love toward my body, and more confidence in my current state. Yes, I have still have physical goals I am actively working toward; but, I truly believe a person can work toward their goals while simultaneously building a more loving relationship with the body they have now. Is this something you would like to work on as well? I’d love for you to join me on this journey, so here are some ways you can get started:
Make caring for your body a priority. Water, nutrition, rest, and movement are the bare minimum, so if you’re struggling with any of those, that is priority number one. But also, self-care activities - taking a bubble bath, using a face mask, getting a pedicure... things that make you feel well cared for. These things are often portrayed as luxuries, but no matter what position you’re in, you deserve to feel good.
If prioritizing care for your body is new to you, you can start slow. Your routine could be as simple as taking one action a day… take your vitamin, eat a vegetable, drink a glass of water, go for a walk, wash your face, etc. Then when one habit is created, add another. Remember, when you “don’t feel like it” is when you need it the most.
Speak Kindly to Yourself
Repeat positive affirmations, especially about those things you don’t feel so great about. For example, if you’re feeling insecure say, “My confidence is growing each day” or “I am strong and beautiful.” Do your best to catch any negativity and turn it around. Believe others when they give you a compliment (bonus – compliment others! Positivity is contagious).
Appreciate Your Abilities
Your body is capable of amazing things! The vessel you have allows you to move through your life – stop to appreciate your body for those abilities. Take some time to stop and think about your strengths. What reasons do you have to be grateful for your body? Did you grow a child in your body? That’s amazing! Does your body allow you to work hard and gain experiences? Those things are worth acknowledgement.
Dress For Confidence
Don’t force yourself into clothes that don’t fit you or feel good. The number or letter on the inner tags of your clothing don’t mean a thing. No one else knows or cares what they say, and you shouldn’t either! Wear things that fit well and make you feel comfortable and confident. Find brands that carry styles you love in your size. Wear clothes that you like, not the clothes you feel like you “should” wear for your body type.
Discover Your Triggers
The scale, negative people, social media, etc…. these things can all be triggering if you’re struggling with confidence in your own skin. If something or someone consistently triggers you to feel negatively about yourself, it’s important to become aware of that and create boundaries to build a safe space for yourself. Did you know you can curate your feed to see less of the things that make you feel self-conscious and MORE of the things that inspire you? There are hundreds (probably more, actually) of social media accounts dedicated to body positivity.
You can absolutely work on healthier habits without stepping on the scale regularly. Take a break from the scale. If the number on the scale bums you out – don’t step on it! You are not defined by any number. Your mental health is much more important than the numerical value of your body’s relationship with gravity. How you feel in your body is a much better measurement of health than a scale can give you.
I don’t know who needs to hear this (probably most of us, honestly, but you do not have to engage with people who bring you down. Spend time with people who lift you up and make you feel confident. Don’t waste your time listening to people who make you question your confidence. Invest time with those who fill your tank and make you feel great about yourself – inside and out! You can also draw a hard line with people in your life who make you feel less than confident. I bet you’d be surprised how powerful you can feel by saying something like, “I enjoy spending time with you, but I am simply not open to discussion on that topic.”
As a Certified Transformational Nutrition® and Life Coach, I love helping people find direction and gain confidence and I’d love to book a completely free consultation with YOU to discuss further if you’d be up for it!
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Lucie Mitchell, CTNC & CTLC
Fierce and Beautiful Wellness, LLC
This blog post is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not medical, mental health or healthcare advice. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose, treat, heal, cure or prevent any illness, medical condition or mental or emotional condition.