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The Secret to Being Happy With Your Body
First of all, I will let you in a secret about being happy with your body; there’s no great secret. Second of all, it’s different for everyone, mom or not. That being said, there are some things that you can do to improve your confidence and love your body, which is something we should all strive for. Loving your body means that you are more likely to look after it and that you are setting a fantastic body positive example for your own children. Do you want your daughter growing up thinking that her happiness should be dictated by her weight or size? Thinking that she needs to weigh herself constantly or get upset about the results? No, you want her to grow up confident, happy and proud of who she is and you are the best person to show her how it’s done.
So, how do you do this?
Figure Out What You Want
We’re all very different, and our bodies are very different. Some women are a size 0 and struggle to gain weight. Some are a size 18 and gain weight when they look at a cake. It’s important to understand that being happy with your body isn’t about losing tons of weight. If you believe this is the only way to be happy, you’ll never get there; you’ll just keep moving the goalposts.
Think about your shape and size and instead of trying to copy the women on the front of magazines, try to be the best version of you. Focus on gaining strength and stamina and improving your fitness levels instead of getting skinny. Set goals like doing 10000 steps a day, doing three workouts a week, or making healthy swaps with your food choices, instead of numbers on a scale. If possible, don’t weigh yourself at all. Track your progress by how far you can run, how much you can lift or your waist measurement.
You’re never going to be happy with your body if it’s causing you discomfort. Things like eczema, dry skin, stretch marks, varicose veins, acne and other skin rashes don’t just bother us because they are blemishes on our skin. They can also cause genuine and extreme discomfort. Read up on how to treat itchy stretch marks and visit your doctor if you are struggling with something like swollen veins or eczema. Don’t feel like you have to suffer, get help.
Exercise is probably the best way to love your body. It’s a way to look after it and to make it stronger, but also a way to feel like you are doing something for yourself. Even just taking more steps every day can improve your circulation and your health. As you work out more, you’ll start to feel proud of your achievements. You’ll love yourself for giving your body focus and improving your health, and you’ll love finding out what your body can do.
Improve Your Posture
Standing up straight is the easiest way to look slimmer, taller and more confident. In turn, looking more confident and holding your head up high is a great way to trick your body into feeling it. But, it’s not always as simple as standing up straight. If you’ve always been a sloucher, and you’ve been pregnant, your posture might be terrible. Then, it becomes comfortable to slouch and painful to stand straight.
To improve your posture, try some exercises that improve the strength of your back and core to support your body. Pilates and swimming are excellent for this. Then, check yourself throughout the day. Stop and think about how you are standing. Is your back straight? Is your tummy tucked in? Are your shoulders back? A simple thing like walking around with your hands clasped behind your lower back can help to hold your body in the correct position. Over time, your posture will correct.
Buy the Right Clothes
One of the secrets to loving your body is flattering it. This doesn’t mean that you have to conform to fashion or dress for your size. It means you have to feel comfortable and confident in what you wear. Try clothes on, make sure you buy the right size and wear clothes that make you feel good about yourself, whatever they may be. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.
Stop Being Negative
When we look in the mirror, most of us focus on the things that we don’t like. We look at what we would love to be able to change. Stop doing this. Instead, look for the positives. Focus on what you like about yourself. Learn to love your body and see its beauty.