Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin
Do you know the key to true happiness and lasting peace? Self-love. Too many of us struggle with feeling “less than”, flawed or inadequate in some way. And believe it or not, that self-doubt is probably the only thing standing between you and bliss. It’s time to cast aside the criticism, self-flagellation, and discontent. Ultimately, the only person who can make you happy is you.
Limit your social media use
Research shows that social media can exacerbate or even cause issues such as depression and anxiety. So much of our lives is spent on the infinite scroll of our social media feeds. It seems like an easy way to keep up to date and stay in touch with friends and acquaintances. What’s the harm in that, right? Well, the problem is that, knowingly or subconsciously, we are constantly assessing ourselves and comparing our worth to others. The problem, as someone once said, is that we are comparing our worst against what is essentially the highlight reel of other people’s lives. The content that people post is not a realistic representation of their lives or the way they look.
I know, I know, this is easier said than done. It can be hard to love and accept your own awkwardness, less than perfect skin and love handles, or any other imperfections you think you have. But do you want to know the secret? You are allowed to accept your imperfections. Furthermore, you can stop waiting for the validation of others. Wear what you like, say what you want and laugh as loud as you feel like. Don’t worry about what others think. Try it for once – it can be a liberating experience. We don’t all have to fit a single standard of beauty anymore. Even the fashion industry and beauty magazines are starting to clue in on this fact. Women all over the globe can now find sexy designer swimwear that fits them and are fun or fashionable clothes for petite body types.
Sometimes our feelings of inadequacy stem from the simple fact that we expect too much of ourselves. If all you see when you look at yourself is a bunch of imperfections, maybe your view is skewed. If you burden yourself with too many challenges that you can’t meet, maybe you need to give yourself some room to breathe. Being realistic does not equate failing. Kindness isn’t something you should only extend to other people, but inward as well. Remember that it’s okay not to be perfect. You know that perfection doesn’t really exist, so why do you expect to achieve it?
Be kind to your body
Your body is strong and beautiful. It got you this far, didn’t it? The least you can do for it is take care of it. Don’t focus on losing weight or having tight abs. Instead, try to eat a healthy diet of fresh, non-processed foods. Drink plenty of water. Sleep as much as you need to in order to feel rested and strong. Find an exercise routine that you really enjoy. You don’t have to go to the gym if you hate it. Instead, do yoga, walk, swim or take up dancing. The key is to do these things because you want to honor your body and keep it healthy, instead of obsessing about unreal beauty standards.
Living in today’s society can be challenging. Although things are changing for the better, the change is slow. We need to look deep into ourselves and find love and acceptance there. Only once you truly accept yourself, can you feel comfortable in your own skin and live a happy and fulfilled life.