Feeling confident in my body isn’t something that comes naturally to me. I think I was finally getting to a happy place with my body just before I got pregnant. Then of course, through pregnancy and childbirth, my body has changed so much and to be honest, it’s still very unrecognisable to me. Recently I’ve been trying to implement a few things into my life to help me build my body confidence back up so I thought I’d share them with you.
Fuelling my body the right way
Confidence comes from within you, so it’s important to focus on how you’re fuelling yourself physically and mentally. I find that when I’m eating cleaner, I feel better about myself, inside and out. I find that I don’t think as negatively about how my body looks when I’m filling it with nutritious food instead of crappy processed meals. Mentally, I’m paying more attention to the way I view others on social media and stopping myself from comparing the way that I look to others. It is silly really to try and compare the way that you look to a complete stranger on the internet, or anyone else in the world for that matter. We are all different and that is what makes our world the wonderfully diverse and interesting place that it is. Something I always like to remind myself is to not compare my beginning to someone else’s end.
Wearing the right underwear
I love clothes, I always have done, but sometimes things just don’t look right on, do you know what I mean? Recently I’ve found that that can have a lot to do with your bra. Whether that’s because I’m wearing the wrong size, or a cup style that just isn’t faltering for my chest size and body type, it can really make me feel frumpy and just, not right. Thankfully, there are so many options when it comes to bras and underwear these days, so you don’t need to settle for something that’s not flattering for you or making you feel your best, especially with brands like Knix available. Their wireless but still ever supportive bras are sure to help you keep you looking and feeling your best in your favourite outfits!
Taking more photos of myself/being in more photos
Now I’m not saying that you need to be sharing a selfie on your Instagram grid every day(although if you do want to do that then go ahead gurl!) but getting in front of the camera is definitely helping me to appreciate and love myself more. My personal favourite photos to take are full outfit shots. Most of them don’t make it out into the world, but the more often that I allow myself to be photographed, the less I find myself scrutinising every single shot like a magazine editor from 2002.
Experimenting with your style
Just because you’ve always dressed a certain way, doesn’t mean that you can’t venture out and try something new. If your go to is always a tank top and your faithful high waisted mom jeans, that’s absolutely fine, but if you’re feeling like you could express yourself a bit more with some culottes and a wide necked slogan tee, go for it! It’s amazing how different a new outfit can make you feel, in a good way of course! So try a new cut of jeans or a colour you’ve been dying to wear but have never felt brave enough. Do it, and I promise you you’ll feel stellar!
I’m not saying that you need to start hitting the gym 7 times a week and waking up at 5 a.m. everyday for a 5 mile run, but exercise is probably the biggest contributing factor in my recent surge in body confidence. There is just something super empowering about completing a work out, because feeling accomplished and strong makes me feel confident in my body. Sure, I’m not the fittest woman to walk the earth(far from it!) but bringing back regular exercise into my life has been the best thing I’ve done for my own body confidence. Fitting exercise into a buys schedule can be difficult, but there are so many at home work out programs and even YouTube videos that you can easily fit into your day to day life. I typically follow a YouTube video, depending on what are of my body I’m wanting to target that day, once Tyler has gone to bed!
What things have helped you to build up your body confidence? I’d love to know!