Body confidence is hard to maintain amidst the sea of perfect instagrams, flawless It-girls and those beauty icons we are swamped with on the daily.
It’s easy to fall into the habit of becoming pre-occupied with thoughts about your own body, given today’s media landscape and the pressure to always be perfect.
Body image is a “top three” personal concern for Australian youth, according to the Butterflyfoundation.org.au website, but very few women in general are immune to body image concerns.
Despite the more recent push-back to embracing fuller figures and diversity, on the whole our culture rewards willowy women – in particular actresses and models such as Angelina Jolie, Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner, by giving them plenty of positive attention and perks.
It’s difficult not to fall into the trap of playing a game of compare-and-contrast with these unrealistic ideals.
If you’re always scrutinising yourself in the mirror and not embracing what you see, there are some easy and simple ways to improve your body confidence and the way that you feel about yourself.
This guide will help you boost your body confidence, and make changes to enhance your self-esteem.
#1 – Get away from unrealistic ideals
Body confidence is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about loving and appreciating the body that you have. According to Body Positive Australia, a typical Aussie lady is size sixteen, rather than “model size”, which is usually size 2 or 0. Understanding that most women don’t have model shapes is so important.
Aussie-born Gemma Ward rose to fame as a high-fashion model. She was the darling of Vogue Magazine. In time, she began to gain weight and her career suffered. She disappeared for years and then emerged…with new body confidence.
In 2015, according to a Daily Mail story, she said that motherhood and a new career as a fuller-figured spokesmodel helped her to love herself at a higher, but healthier, weight. These days, Gemma is not afraid to indulge sometimes.