The modern world often seems obsessed with body image. We are bombarded by airbrushed pictures of celebrities with the ‘perfect’ bodies, and constantly reminded to wear the ‘right’ makeup, go on the ‘right’ diet and so on.
From fashion magazines to advertising and lifestyle blogs, it can be tricky to avoid the message that you need to work on your appearance. With so much emphasis being put on looks, it is easy to feel pressured into looking a certain way, which in turn can make you uncomfortable in your own body.
This is the result of seeing ‘perfect’ bodies everywhere you look; you gradually begin to feel your body isn’t good enough, that something’s wrong with it. This feeling of inadequacy can easily lead to low self-esteem and low self-confidence, and even anxiety and depression.
While feeling uncomfortable in your own skin could motivate you to exercise and eat better, it can just as easily lead to negative consequences, such as an eating disorder.
The first step to tackling this issue is to understand what about your body triggers insecurities, then find ways to deal with them. Some of the things that can make you most uncomfortable in your own skin include:
Your weight greatly affects your body image. These days there seems to be more emphasis on body measurements rather than general healthy. One of the best ways to feel good about your body is to reach and maintain the recommended weight for your height and build. You can also improve your body image by exercising, which can be as simple as taking up jogging or yoga, or joining a gym.
Your eye health can also affect your body image. Thankfully, glasses have evolved aesthetically, so you needn’t feel self-conscious about wearing them, but if you don’t feel comfortable wearing them, you can opt for contact lenses, although these can require a lot of care. Alternatively, you can book an appointment at an eye center, such as the Wolfe Eye Clinic, that specializes in LASIK eye surgery, which will correct your vision and eliminate the need for glasses and contact lenses.
A beautiful healthy smile can do wonders for your self-confidence. As such, you should maintain good oral hygiene. A trip to the dentist can help you deal with stained or discolored teeth, as well as cavities and gum diseases. Eliminating these issues can make you healthier, as well as more comfortable about how you look.
Your skin also plays a significant part in your overall body image. To get smooth, supple skin, make sure that you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink lots of water. Getting enough sleep on a regular basis can also go a long way towards improving the condition of your skin.
Don’t forget that it’s you who ultimately decides how you feel about your body. Accepting who you are and the body you live in can make you appreciate and take better care of yourself. And the more you take care of your body, the more comfortable you will feel in it.