Body acceptance is a hot topic in the media today. Now more than ever, magazines, television, movies, and music are full of men and women actively choosing body appreciation and teaching people ways to gain body confidence. While those ways may look different for everyone, improving your body image is critical to improving your overall mental and physical health, so we’re here to show you how to build a better body image.
Half the battle of building body confidence is mental, but there are more tactical approaches for how to be confident in your body, too. Here are a few suggestions for ways to gain body confidence and shift from criticism of your physique to body appreciation.
Adjust Your Attitude
If you’re constantly comparing your body to others, thinking about all the ways it’s not “good enough,” or pointing out your own flaws, you’ll struggle with gaining body confidence. Thinking positively and treating your body with love are two very necessary steps to becoming more confident in your body.
Body acceptance should be a big part of your mental shift. Your body might not be your idea of perfect, and there may always be things you don’t love about looking in the mirror, but once you accept your body for what it is, you can move past its physical shape and focus on appreciating it for what it does for you (which is a whole lot!). We recommend jotting down some notes about body acceptance and putting them in a place where you’ll see them regularly, like on your mirror. Overall, the way you think about your body is key to unlocking an improved body image.
Put Work Into It
Exercise isn’t only for people who want to shrink their bodies or ditch their big appetites. It’s also part of celebrating your body and taking good care of it. Figure out what your favorite workout is, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit, running, or dancing, and do it as a practice of self-care.
Doing things that are both mentally and physically relaxing can help you get more comfortable with your body and improve its appearance too. Whether you’re applying a face mask in the evening, soaking in a spa, or indulging in a luxurious new bath bomb, refreshing activities will help you build body confidence.
A shopping trip is also a great way to gain body confidence. Everyone’s body is unique, and when you try to fit your one-of-a-kind physique into the wrong kind of clothes, you may end up feeling like it’s you, not the clothes, that are the problem. Well, that’s not true! A new wardrobe, carefully selected to fit the way you want and make you feel like your best self, can do wonders for your body image.
Still not completely satisfied with your body after changing your mindset, exercising more, and getting new clothes? You may be able to eliminate your last problem areas with help from Belle Medical. Treating yourself to an HD Body Sculpting and/or Fat Transfer procedure could go a long way toward giving you the body image you’ve always wanted. Finally, give yourself a little break. Like we said at the beginning of this blog, you’re more than just your appearance. Maybe you’re a parent, a friend, a young professional building a career, a retiree seeing the world … all of those things matter more than how we look, and what matters most is how we feel. We hope you’ll take these steps to improve your body confidence, but remember, body acceptance doesn’t mean we can’t fix some of our physical flaws. If that helps you feel better, Belle Medical is here to help.
Wendy has always had a passion for wellness and making a difference in people’s lives. Her lifelong interest in diet, exercise, and overall wellness led her to join Belle Medical in 2017, where she’s been able to combine her knowledge and experience with cutting-edge technology to help patients spot reduce stubborn areas of their bodies and bring their inner beauty outside too. Wendy strongly believes that if people feel good about themselves, they will go out and make a difference in the lives of others as well.
Wendy is a wife and the mother of six children. She also has two grandchildren. She attended school at BYU-Idaho and UVU. In addition to her medical experience, she has a natural talent for writing and public speaking. She authored a children’s book about the loss of a parent after experiencing the loss of her first husband to cancer. Before joining Belle Medical, she and her husband operated a successful home-based wellness company for three years, which involved mentoring, coaching, and personal development.