I used to be chubby and super bad at sports. No surprise that kids teased me and school was a miserable experience for me. Unfortunately I’ve carried a lot of those insecurities into my adult hood but luckily I’ve learned to deal with them better. I want to share with you some ideas of what to do when you feel insecure about your body.
What To Do When You Feel Insecure About Your Body
Learn to love your body.
Definitely easier said than done but once you figure this one our you’ll be SO much happier. When you have a negative thought about your body come up with two positive thoughts. For instance, if you have large legs like me, remind yourself of all the wonderful things your strong, beautiful legs allow you to do.
Keep in mind that everyone feels insecure at times.
You might look at another person and think they have the perfect body but it’s almost guaranteed that that person is insecure about certain areas. Using my leg example again: I always felt they were too big and masculine but over the years I’ve had countless men and women compliment me on how beautiful they are. It took a while for me to be able to accept the compliments but eventually I did.
You don’t see yourself as other’s do.
Flaws that you see in yourself are probably only seen by you. Those areas that you agonize about are not as bad as you think they are. People tend to over exaggerate the so-called flaws they see on themselves.
Have realistic expectations for your body.
I always wanted to be that tiny, wispy girl who was a size 0. I wasted SO much time and effort trying to get there and it always ended in tears and frustration. Finally, one day I got really honest with myself and realized that my body type would never be thin and wispy because I simply do not have the build for that. At my lowest weight I still didn’t look the way I wanted because I don’t have that body type. I finally realized I had to stop fighting it and work with my body, not against it. That’s when I embraced strength training. My body is the type to put on muscle and there’s nothing wrong with that. Once I accepted that my relationship with myself got MUCH better.
Love Your Body So You Can Live Your Life
When you hate your body, life can be pretty miserable and you can end up holding yourself back from things if you let your insecurities get the best of you. I don’t always feel great about my body and I definitely have my ‘I hate my body’ days but now I’m able to deal with it better. Your body is your body and it’s beautiful so make sure you love it and treat it well.