You got your own style, now let it come through. And remember no matter what, you got to be you. -The Little Mermaid. I believe in being yourself. Unapologetically. With the media, there comes a misconception on what is beautiful. Titles telling us “How to be beautiful”, rather than “You are beautiful”. Positive body image, self esteem and overall acceptance of yourself is extremely important for women (and men). I’m sure most people can relate, when you stare into the mirror, it’s easy to microscopically point out every flaw you see inside your head. Ah my skin has blemishes, my lashes are sparse and my lips are dry. In a way, we put ourselves down to an extent that we’re used to it. Walking around the stores, we buy the cleanser to clear our skin (don’t get me wrong – everyone should be using a cleanser!), we buy mascara to embrace longer lashes and chapstick to fix dry lips. Although, some of these are a necessity, the way we go about it, is using negative self talk.
In terms of body image, I’ve always struggled with this, and I’m not afraid to confess it, because I believe there are many people who are silently conscious of some part of their bodies too. Does anyone else also have a visualisation of their end result they hope to achieve? Through struggling with my body wellness, there are 3 main actions to take for your wellness. The first one is to exercise (whether that’s a walk or trip to the gym), because this one really affects your mind. The time we spend being negative about our body, is well spent if we run it all out at the gym. It’ll make you feel much more confident about yourself, more energy and a better mood. The second one is to eat healthy and drink lots. It’s good to get all the fruit and vege goodness, and we can’t forget water. The third one is to stay positive. Give yourself a compliment everyday. Your hair looks great. You have beautiful eyes.
Advice on how to see your beauty:
Accept compliments. Next time someone compliments you, give them a reassuring and grateful – Thank you.
The 3 Wellness tips. Exercise, Eat Well, Think Positive. When you feel good, you look good.
List your inner and outer attributes. What do you love about yourself? Your kindness. Your eyes. Your warm heart. Your humour.
Eliminate self-judgment. Cancel out the lies, and replace them with truths of yourself.
Being Kind. As much as accepting our outward beauty is important, it’s really our heart that exposes our true beauty.
Surround yourself with positive people. Negative people will drag you down. Positive people will lift you up and bring the best out of you.
Smile. Being happy is beautiful. It radiates and gives you joy inside and out.
1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.