No, this is not an article on how to lose weight.
The following is a bunch of tips on how to improve your body image without surgery, diets, makeup or a makeover.
Wear clothes you feel comfortable in. Dress to express yourself, not to impress others. Risk being different. It’s sometimes much more gratifying than being like everyone else.
Cut labels out of your clothes. The size on the tags shouldn’t dictate your mood for the day!
Throw away your scale. Weight fluctuates from dusk until dawn, on a daily basis. Don’t expect the scale to reflect the way you look. You are the only judge of that.
Focus positively and be aware. When you look at yourself in the mirror, talk to yourself. Tell yourself what you like about yourself, instead on looking for what is wrong. Be aware of when you do, tho.
Don’t read fashion magazines. The people depicted in those magazines are already people that are out-of-the-ordinary, in terms of looks. Plus, they are extremely photoshoped and don’t look like anything they did at the photo shoot.
Stay active. It’s positive for the body, but also for the soul. Having a friend taking a walk with you or playing sports can be a good way to enjoy it even more.
Know yourself and ask for support when needed. It’s ok to ask to be heard, or simply to be hugged. There is nothing wrong in recognizing you need support. Be aware of when you are feeling blue, and surround yourself with positivism.
Accept positive criticism. When you receive a compliment, don’t try to deny or justify: “Oh but my hair is so greasy today, how can you say it looks good?”. Just say “Thank you!”.
Treat your body with love and rediscover yourself. Nap, eat, take some sun, yes, but also do things for yourself. Take a bath, a massage, take a good cup of hot chocolate. Do an activity that you like with someone you like: yourself.
In a few words: Love yourself. Love your body. Along with your mind, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own!
Inspired by: http://www.something-fishy.org/reach/bodyimage.php