There’s enough to deal with in life. Who needs to worry about how they appear to others? People who hate their bodies are only brining hardship down on themselves. Some try to change to make others happy and some change for themselves. I say whatever makes you happiest then do it. Here are 7 tips to stop hating your body. I hope you can use them and feel good about yourself once and for all! Life is too short to fret about appearances.
7. Decide to Change Your Health Habits
Eat healthy and you’ll feel much better. You know the saying, ‘You are what you eat’ and it’s so true. Filling up on junk food that has no nutritional value often makes you feel happy for a brief moment, but then you either feel sick to your stomach or have low energy from not enough substantial calories. Incorporate fruits, veggies, and whole grains into your diet. Make sure to get enough protein to keep your muscles strong. Start off slow and work your way up to eating healthy meals every day.
6. Disregard What How the Media Thinks You Should Look
The media fills women’s heads with ideas about how they are ‘supposed’ to look. You can’t listen to the scale either. You might have a friend who is taller than you and weighs less, but take into consideration how your body is constructed. Maybe your friend has long wispy limbs and you have a more muscular build. Muscle weighs more than fat. Just because you’re shorter this doesn’t mean you should also weigh less. You might think your feet are too big or your breasts too small. Variety is what makes the world go round and it would be a very boring place if everyone had a tiny waist, little feet, and large breasts.
5. Emphasize Parts You do Feel Good about
Do you constantly receive compliments on your eyes? Dress them up with fun colors of eye liner that bring out the color even more. Are women always commenting on how shiny and gorgeous your hair is? Then quit hiding it in a pony tail and let it down. Pick something you physically like about yourself and let it shine. It doesn’t have to be an actual physical characteristic either. You could have a bubbly personality that makes people happy. Volunteer at a nursing home to pass on some of that happiness to others. People in nursing homes greatly need to connect with happy individuals. Many are stuck there without any family and visitors are gems to them.
4. Surround Yourself with Positive Role Models
Hang out with people who are supportive of you and who like you for who you are; the entire package. There’s bound to be someone in your life whom you can look up to or talk to about how you feel. Seek out friends who are sure of themselves and who can help you deal with the negative view you have of your body. They are bound to have felt similar feelings to the ones you’re having and can help you change your outlook.
3. Seek an outside Source of Help if Need Be
If you truly are having a difficult time and have tried everything imaginable, ask for help from an outside source. Maybe talking to a counselor or even a doctor about how you feel about your body will help. Support groups exist for all sorts of things; weight loss, low self-esteem, and eating disorders just to name a few.
You’d be amazed at how much better you will feel once you start exercising. Even walking for 15 or 20 minutes during the evening is able to increase your energy level and boost your mood. Exercise is good for your heart, helps you sleep better at night, and burns excess calories. If you are concerned about weight loss, incorporating some physical activity into your daily routine is a great way to start getting in better shape. Get a friend to go with you so you’ll have some company!
1. Embrace What You See in the Mirror
Sometimes you don’t like what you see when you look in the mirror. It’s important to like yourself and all that you see in the mirror in front of you. If you don’t like yourself, then it will be more difficult for you to stop hating the way you look. Pick out the parts you do like and see if you really want to change other parts for yourself or if you are really trying to do it to make others happy.
These 7 tips to stop hating your body are only suggestions that I think might work for some people. If you know of any additional ones that have helped you or people you know, please feel free to share them in the comment section. Why do you think there are things about yourself you don’t like?
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