Mirrors seem to always remind you of what’s wrong with … your belly, your thighs, your arms, your nose, or your skin. You stare; you analyze; you pick yourself apart, driving any hope of a good mood away.
Feeling positive about your body image can seem like an impossible task, but being proud of your body, no matter how it looks, is central to maintaining overall peace with who you are. And reminding yourself of your value will help.
Try to remember that your outer appearance does not make or break you. Your self-esteem is based on tons of things. Think about all the positive parts of you – your parents love you to death; your smile can light up any room; your friends support you because you do the same; you’re creative and warm…. Darling, the list goes on.
With those fashion mags and US weekly’s constantly publicizing the skinny girls, it’s hard not to feel pressure to be thin, too. So put them away for a while. Remove yourself and focus on being you and accepting that. Don’t cover up your mirrors. Think of your body as a gift, one that helps you do all those things you’re trying to accomplishment.
When making the decision to maintain a healthy lifestyle, surround yourself with those who are positive and encouraging. Yes, you love your friend who doesn’t make working out a priority, but spending time with the one that does will be a better influence on you. Also steer clear of the pessimists, the complainers and the downers; they’ll only bring you down, too.
Posting notes on your bathroom mirror and bulletin board that involve your success in life will help boost your self-confidence sub-consciously. And what better way to start your day with a little reminder of your fabulousness?
Thinking positively can really alter your outlook on life and the perception of yourself. So get those happy thoughts flowing and smile when you see that babe in the mirror.