When you look in the mirror do you love what you see? We hope so. We also know however that many people cringe and don’t like what they see and could immediately name what they’d instantly change if they could.
The constant streaming of beautiful bodies and popular fads like fitspiration and fitspo has struggled to help people improve their love, acceptance and appreciation for their own bodies. Good intentions? Yes. Improved self-acceptance? Not so much.
One study has proved that our exposure to images depicting the ‘ideal body figures’ effects your own body satisfaction. In the study, women were shown different types of images: thin and muscular women, thin women, thing and hypermuscluar women, and images of cars (this last one being a control group). The results showed that women’s own body satisfaction decreased when they viewed the thin and muscular images. When they viewed the hypermuscular the results showed most women not wanting to ‘look like that’. This study reinforces how important it is to not get caught up in the comparing our teal selves to the photo shopped perfection that is supermodels or the super photoshopped on Instagram, Pinterest and in the fashion mags and pages.
At Coola Cozzies we are all about you looking and feeling great in stylish sun safe colourful swimwear. That has been a driving force in designing our range. To compliment the swimwear here are ways you can avoid being negatively body conscious:
- Be mindful of your thoughts as you scroll through your social media: appreciate but avoid associating.
- Use the mirror for getting acquainted with your body, checking your clothing and doing your grooming, not for obsessing over any perceived flaws.
- People aren’t thinking about you as much as you think about you … they’re often too busy doing their own thing.
- Catch your negative self-talk and then challenge how true or accurate it really is.
- Be a good friend to yourself – would you judge your loved ones as harshly as your judge yourself?
- Know that you can learn to be more confident: whether through reading, positive reinforcement, therapy encouragement from others … confidence can be learned.
- Instead of pointing out what’s wrong with you, compliment yourself.
- Life is a journey: be patient with yourself.
- Even supermodels will find flaws in themselves, no one, NO ONE, is perfect. Don’t put the hotties on a pedestal.
Self-acceptance is about working on nurturing yourself and loving the skin you’re in.