Body Image and Confidence

Body Image and Confidence

June 04, 2017

Women go through many different changes, challenges, and choices as they grow. We become older, hopefully wiser, and our bodies continue to surprise us regardless of age. One thing that a lot of women have in common, is concerns about body image, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.

These concerns are normal and occur for everyone once in a while. Things that might seem odd to you, might be completely normal for someone else, and vice versa! PELVI want to encourage body positivity and an awareness of healthy bodies. In a world where there is continual controversy about "the ideal body" or "the ideal look", women don't need to add to the pressure by bringing each other down or judging each other anymore than we already judge ourselves.

The same can be said when men criticise you or make comments about your body. These comments don't have to be unkind to have an effect on you. If you don't find it appropriate then you have every right to say so. At the end of the day, your body is none of their business.

There are a few things you can do on a regular basis to feel more confident and positive about your own body, so that these little comments don't seem like such a big deal! PELVI have put together a "Go-To" list for when you just need a little bit of a confidence boost or some self love!

1: Play Happy Music... (and sing along!)
2: Make yourself a healthy meal
3: Go for a walk
4: Call or visit your Mum! She'll give you the love you need
5: Take a selfie!
6: Try to acknowledge one of your assets or good qualities each day
7: When something upsets you, don't hold it in. Talk it out!
8: Practice yoga! Mental clarity and physical strength... it's perfect!
9: Journal your day. Reflect on the good and the bad!
10: Wash your hair – it can be such a refreshing experience
11: Take time to appreciate nature
12: Hug someone! Pets, partners, parents, children, friends. Share the love!

These 12 little things can have a big impact if you're feeling flat. If you're having more serious trouble with your self-esteem or mental health, then it is really important that you take the time to speak to someone about your concerns. A GP or a counsellor is a great place to start, but friends can help too.

Don't underestimate the power of physical activity and good quality, fresh food. Endorphins are the body's natural "feel-good" chemicals and can help you feel happier, more relaxed and more focused. If you're struggling with your confidence or interested in weight loss, eating and moving are the first steps to be taken.