Struggling with body image is a part of a lot of young people’s lives especially at the minute with being stuck inside. The temptation of food surrounds us 24/7 and with little to no exercise most young people are finding it hard to find the body confidence they once had. I would also like to state that all body figures are beautiful, and you should deserve all the love in the world! Be confident, be you!
Here are a few tips to help you be confident in your own skin!
1.Do not get caught up in other people’s views of social media.
This one is something I do regularly, and I am not ashamed to say it because once I knew I was doing it I knew I had to change something. A lot of young people are too focused on what other people’s views are because of social media. It is a huge part of our lives and it is difficult to avoid negativity I know it is but believe me what you need to do is to delete apps that have negative comments/views or just unfollow people that make you feel insecure. Without them, you will start to feel better about yourself.
2.Show your body some gratitude!
This is another way that can increase your body confidence. I know we all hate looking at our naked self in the mirror but do it. Stand there and figure out which parts of your body you dislike. Then say, “I dislike my hips BUT I’m a woman and they are there to help me birth children” or “I dislike my thighs BUT they help me walk everywhere!” Show your body some love and allow yourself to become familiar with every part of your body! Each body is different but beautiful in so many ways. You need to be grateful for what you have.
3.Change what you are focusing on.
Do you exercise to lose weight? The answer most likely is yes. Many people exercise mainly on the basis that they want to lose weight but exercising alone does not always do the trick. You must exercise and maintain a healthy diet which many fail to include both in their lifestyle. What I have learnt is that by just exercising and listing to my body when I am hungry has allowed me to feel better about myself. I used to focus on having to exercise every day limiting myself to food even though I knew my body was hungry. Try to find a balance where you are loving your life and eating what you want to. Do not limit yourself and listen to what your body is telling you!
Lastly! I would like to mention that you are who you are for a reason. All bodies are different shapes and sizes. No one should ever tell you something different to make you feel insecure about yourself. If they do this, they are self-conscious about themselves and are just jealous of your gorgeous body!
Is social media taking over body image perspectives?
This article has been edited following a message from the author: “I recently had a look over the comments and one particularly struck me about my article not going into enough depth about the damage social media is taking on people’s body confidence.” The following is some additional information!
Social media is used by 3.78 billion people worldwide in 2021 according to Statista.
That means that 3.78 billion people use some type of social media whether that be Instagram, Facebook or snapchat. How many of those feel negative about their own body image because of social media? 61% of adults and 66% of children feel negative about their body image because of social media.
I feel disgusted that these percentages are so high including adults because how can the future generation grown up feeling body confident when the previous generation feel negative about it too? I believe that the social media platform Instagram provides a huge part in this. My own personal perspective is that every time I scroll on Instagram there are “perfect, tall, slim and tanned” bodies plastered on nearly every post. I can see why the percentages are so high because most teens sit scrolling through posts like these every day. After scrolling on these posts, you can understand the severity that social media can play on young people’s mental health.
My own experience of social media playing a part on my mental health…
I have over-exercised and cut out all junk foods just to try and see myself as one of these “slim” models. Looking back now, its devastating that I thought that this was completely normal, and I can see how it could affect others in the exact same way. What I have done since is that I have stopped following people that made me feel ashamed about the way that I looked. I have pushed out any negativity that comes from social media and followed people who empowers the body.
Whatever size you are, it should not determine who you are as a person.
Body image is a very private matter where no one else’s opinion matters. Each individual is a unique piece of work that has been created with all the greatness in them that they need for people to love them. Social media plays a heavy role in faulting people by just the way they look and not what they are good at. Judging someone just on the way they look is a very shallow view on life because you are going to be comparing yourselves to each person you see or meet.
What I would like to see change is that all social media platforms start to provide the base that all bodies are beautiful. To monitor posts that are being posted by users to enable our generation to be able to see types of bodies. It should be the norm to just look at a person and to not think straight away about how their body looks.
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