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I have discovered that people grappling with body image issues and perceptions look to others for what is right or wrong with their bodies, and their sense of wellbeing is in the hands of others. So we look in awe at people like Blake Lively, Robin Roberts, Anna Wintour, Elaine Welteroth, Taylor Swift and Marissa Mayer, and base our bodily perceptions on what these ladies project in terms of body weight, make-up, success and so on.
But did you know that any girl can and should feel confident about her body? In a nutshell, confidence is less about if you have a successful career, or you have abs, or you finally met the partner of your dreams; it’s about you feeling comfortable in your own skin, regardless of where your life is going in that moment.
So if you want to grow comfortable in your skin and hold your head high regardless of the circumstance, here are actionable steps you can take daily over the next fortnight:
Throw away that scale! Today, Now as I write this article. Do not, ever again, allow numbers determine your happiness. Do not allow your weight to weigh you down in life anymore.
Unfollow and block
Yes, these two actions can give you the needed freedom to be happy and be you. Cut off relationships with people who project an aura of negativity, online and in real life. You will thank me later when you do!
Get lovey-dovey about yourself. Make a list of all the things you find happiness in. This task should go beyond your physical attributes to intangible things like your leadership or cognitive skills as a lady.
Put up a list of things you’d like to change in your life as a lady. After that list is drawn, take action immediately.
See food as a partner in progress. Yes, forget about all the things you hear about avoiding this meal and going for that food. Do adequate research and find food that is right for your body.
Spend time with your body. Listen to the message it is passing across and act in tandem to the vibes your body gives.
Do not discuss anybody’s body for today, as much as you’d like to. Focus all your attention, energies and resources on your endeavors, relationships et al.
Try meditation. Shut out the world and commune with your inner being.
Have a list of positive body affirmations that boost your confidence.
Embrace Exercise. Find workouts that you love and that will give your body strength and balance.
Give out things. Clothes, shoes, bags and everything you don’t need to people who really need them.
Find an outfit that gives you the confidence to start and face your day. Everyday
Try a different make-up routine and feel good about yourself as you do so. (Or test going without makeup!)
Don’t dread bad days. Embrace them! Because they give you the opportunity and the wisdom to start anew.