Body image is an increasingly contentious issue. According to Dove, 89 percent of women have canceled plans, including job interviews and dates, as a result of low self-esteem related to the way they look. There are so many reasons why you may not feel as comfortable in your own skin as you should. Here are some of the most common causes of a lack of self-confidence and some tips and tricks to help you change the way you feel about your body.
The Main Body Image Issues
With more than 90 percent of women and teenage girls wanting to change at least one thing about their physical appearance, body image is an increasingly important subject of conversation in modern society. Today, we’re more concerned about the way we look than ever before, but why?
The media undoubtedly has an influence, and in the last few years, the growth of social media has also increased pressure on people to look good. Body image concerns are not limited to women. There has been a significant increase in the number of men undergoing cosmetic procedures.
The most common reason people are anxious about the way they look is being overweight. The media is not the only villain in the piece, but according to a study by Mario Palmer, only 5% of women and girls fit the body stereotype portrayed most commonly in the US media.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where TV celebrities and models all look a certain way and our social media feeds are filled with images of “perfect” looking people. Even if you don’t spend all day on your phone, it can be difficult not to compare yourself to some of the images you see.
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How to Feel More Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Before you reach for your surgeon’s number or look into treatments like non invasive liposuction, consider the reasons why you lack confidence and try and identify solutions. If you feel like you’re a bit bigger than you’d like to be, there are some effective ways to slim down and tone up, and changing your lifestyle can make all the difference. It’s important to realize that you’re not going to get results overnight if you start training and eating well. It takes time, but if you hang in there, you’ll reach your goals.
Most importantly, there’s a lot to be said for trying to adjust your mindset. If you know that being on Instagram all the time makes you feel uncomfortable, give yourself a break. Social media can be brilliant, but it can also be very damaging. Remember that the photos you see are often enhanced, altered, and filtered, and the vast majority of people don’t look like that in person.
Be realistic, focus on all the great things about yourself, and try not to be so hard on yourself. It can take a long time but it is definitely possible to learn to love yourself and embrace what you perceive as flaws. Besides, what you might see as a flaw might be very attractive to someone else.
If you were asked to take part in a body image survey, what kinds of responses would you give? If you lack confidence, try to determine the causes of low self-esteem and start working on them. You can change your body, but it’s often much more valuable to change your mindset.
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