• By Usaini Nebianet
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    May 21, 2014
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    Recent studies have shown that women are desperate to stop feeling so self conscious, and to stop worrying about their bodies. It seems to be a female problem... from how we look to how we feel and smell, we are always worrying about something! Well it’s time to take the bull by the horns, and get some body confidence. Here are some tips to help you!

     

    Spend More Time In The Mirror 

    If you’re like most women who aren’t comfortable with their bodies, you try and avoid yourself in the mirror- especially while nude. Here’s the harsh reality: the mental effects of seeing yourself in the nude more often can actually change your perception of your body, drastically!

    For instance, if you make an effort to do your hair and makeup in the nude just once per week, it will start to change the way you see your body.  Focusing on something other than your naked body- in this case, your hair or makeup, will help you become more comfortable facing yourself in the mirror more often, naked or not.

    While at first this may be uncomfortable, after forcing your naked image to be in your face more often, you’ll soon get used to seeing your reflection without looking away or picking it apart.

    Change Your Inner Dialogue

    No you’re not a crazy person- we all talk to ourselves! But instead of nagging thoughts and whining about what you want to change, focus on what you like about yourself, by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.

    Tell yourself how proud you are that your body can do x, y and z.

    Maybe you’re a new mom and although there are things about your post-baby body you’re still trying to accept, be proud that your body carried and gave birth to an amazing little human being!

    Instead of being consumed with the fact that your thighs are bigger than you’d like them to be, be happy that those thighs help carry you through life, and maybe even make you an awesome speed walker or runner.

    Maybe you don’t like showing your arms, but you’re a kick-ass cook, so you should be thankful for those strong arms that can whip up a meal like nobody’s business!

    By now I’m sure you’ve gotten the point.

    Whatever your body hang-up is, find a way to change the negative into a positive, and over time, the positive thought will outshine the negative one.

    Surround Youself With Body Positive People

    We’ve all heard that misery loves company, and it’s true! If you’re friends with someone who constantly rags on their own body, their self-hate may be affecting the way you view your own. The next time your friend brings up her body hang-up, tell her why she should learn to love and accept it, and turn the conversation around.  

    Discuss the things you love about your bodies vs. the things you loathe, and the positivity will spread like wildfire.  Remember: the effect of a positive thought is so much greater than a negative one.

    Give Yourself A Reality Check

    Celebrities have glam squads that make their skin and hair look perfect. They’re airbrushed, and their pictures are taken in perfect lighting and most of us don’t look like that in real life.

    We have households to run, a job to do, other people to care for and not enough time in the day to take care of ourselves- and that’s okay! No one is perfect, so don’t set that standard for yourself.  

    Aspire to be the best version of yourself, not the unrealistic ideals of beauty we see in the media which most of the time aren’t real.

    Stop Bad Mouthing Celebrities

    It’s easy to read gossip magazines,blogs, websites or E! news and trash-talk celebrities, but this often translates to trash-talking women you see on the street, on the internet, and most importantly the one you see in the mirror.

    Instead of looking for flaws, give a compliment, and mean it! 

    Over time, you’ll start to compliment yourself vs. putting yourself down. Truth be told, no one’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean we should look for imperfections. 

    Feel Good, Look Good

    Feeling good about yourself is so much more than the clothes you wear, or making sure your roots aren’t showing. For most of us, making the effort to look good, makes us feel good internally, thus boosting self-esteem and confidence. 

     For you, that might mean going au naturel on the daily, or never leaving the house without a full face of makeup. Either way, make an effort to take care of yourself in the ways that make you feel good. Go the extra mile and paint your nails, get a weekly blow out, learn to do a perfect top knot- whatever it is that makes you feel amazing, do that!

    Smile More

    In the past if someone looked my way, I thought it was because they were either laughing inside about how freakishly tall I am in heels, or how my hair is much too big for my head.  Now, when I catch someone looking my way, I smile with confidence, even if I don’t necessarily feel confident at the moment.  

    Forcing yourself to smile can trick your mind and body into thinking you feel confident and amazing, and eventually the feelings of insecurity will go away and you will feel confident and amazing.

    Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it!

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    1. When a person has self esteem,we say such a person sees himself or herself in the positive light.It is important for us to have a healthy self esteem, we might not be all that perfect but you can still work towards it. Never look down on yourself. Whatever your body hang-up is, find a way to change the negative into a positive, and over time, the positive thought will outshine the negative one.
      Aspire to be the best version of yourself, not the unrealistic ideals of beauty we see in the media which most of the time aren’t real.
      Understand who you are and set a standard for yourself, do not wait for someone to tell you, you are beautiful. Love yourself and carry yourself with confidence.
      MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
      CALEB UNIVERSITY LAGOS.

    2. Communication and Identity as a course deals with self image and self esteem. It is important for us as human to have a very high self esteem, you should always make yourself happy by doing what you know makes you happy. Always surround yourself with positive minded people. Be positive about yourself and always feel good about yourself.

    3. Communication and identity as a course deals with how communication as an interactive process helps in shaping the personal self image of individuals and the collective at the community and social levels.
      feel good about yourself and try not to impress others but impress yourself. Love yourself and carry yourself with confidence, also do what makes you feel happy and good
      ADEGEYE MARY TEMILOLUWA
      CALEB UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION

    4. Its important for us as human to always have a high self esteem.Trust and believe in yourself,never look down on yourself.Always feel good about yourself and have a positive thinking.Also the kind of people you move with determines your behavior and character,don't move with people that says negative things about themselves, always associate yourself with positive minded people.
      OLAFISOYE BOLUWATIFE ADENIKE
      MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
      CALEB UNIVERSITY IMOTA LAGOS

    5. Self esteem reflects a person's overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth, self esteem encompasses beliefs and emotions. The origin of problems for many people is when they despises themselves and they consider themselves to be unworthy of being loved.
      Every human being with no exception, for the mere fact to be it, is worthy of unconditional respect of everyone else, he/she deserves to esteem his/herself to be esteemed. You will be treated the way you address yourself.
      OLUTUSIN ADEWUNMI,
      MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT,
      CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS.

    6. Self esteem reflects a person's overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth, self esteem encompasses beliefs and emotions. The origin of problems for many people is when they despises themselves and they consider themselves to be unworthy of being loved.
      Every human being with no exception, for the mere fact to be it, is worthy of unconditional respect of everyone else, he/she deserves to esteem his/herself to be esteemed. You will be treated the way you address yourself.
      OLUTUSIN ADEWUNMI,
      MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT,
      CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS.

    7. We should always have courage in ourselves and shouldn't accept the negative things people say about us. Beauty is what you think of yourself and not what people think of you. I can also say beauty is also your attitude towards yourself and other people. Always believe in yourself and don't ever belittle yourself.
      Ajibulu Damilola.
      Caleb university, Imota Lagos.

    8. confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. while self confidence is adding confidence or being bold in oneself. Accepting and loving your kind of person and the way you look attract people with positive mind set to you. low self esteem is a virus than kills faster than physical death, its destroy individuals who accommodate it physically, spiritually and mentally, and such people exempt themselves from social functions because they assume that people of their kind are not worthy to associate themselves with who they claim to be more beautiful and attractive than them. every one was once a victim of low self esteem but as time goes on we build an edge of confidence around us in a way that even when you don't acquire 100% physical physic as it is expected of a lady, people admire you and the truth is nobody is perfect. to my ladies out there, anybody who in any way tries to discourage you be it you are fat or slim, stand tall to their face and confidently tell them that "I LOVE MY SELF" ,
      AGBO LADYANN
      DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION,
      CALEB UNIVERSITY, IMOTA, LAGOS NIGERIA.

    9. This is talking about how we feel as a person, how we see our-self as a person including our identity.When a person has self esteem,we say such a person sees himself or herself in the positive light.as a person,we should always do what makes us happy and what makes us feel comfortable.For most of us, making the effort to look good, makes us feel good internally, thus boosting self-esteem and confidence. Love yourself and carry yourself with confidence.
      adegeye mary temiloluwa
      MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT
      CALEB UNIVERSITY LAGOS.

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