20 Ways to Improve Your Self-Image

By Jennifer McDougall

Often times, people who have a poor body image also have a lower self-esteem which can cause them to turn to drugs or alcohol to feel better about themselves. It might stem from childhood bullying or any type of abuse – mental, physical, or emotional – as a child or adult, but poor body image can also arise from comparing oneself to the images we see in the media, in film, on TV, or in magazines.

Thoughts of inferiority can consume and warp your mind, and the beliefs you hold on to may get in the way of feeling confident. If you want to feel good about yourself and look fearlessly into the mirror without a hateful thought or feeling of disgust, I recommend you read the following tips I have for you. No matter where you are coming from or what your past looks like, remember that you are unique, you are beautiful, and no one can ever take that away from you.

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others.
  2. Be consciously aware of your thoughts and personal beliefs.
  3. Forgive yourself and others immediately.
  4. Work on your posture.
  5. Improve your daily hygiene.
  6. Step up your style and dress nicely.
  7. Block out negativity. Filter your mind and life of all negative matter.
  8. Adjust your mindset. Think optimistically and positively about every situation.
  9. Get in a healthy routine of exercising.
  10. Speak up yourself. Stop letting other people walk on you or talk over you. Let your thoughts and ideas be heard.
  11. Sing out loud. Hear your own voice as your sing the lyrics to your favorite songs.
  12. Let go of every unrealistic expectation you have for yourself.
  13. Get outside and appreciate your surroundings. Allow your heart to feel full with gratitude.
  14. Set goals for yourself (See: 10 Ways to Set Realistic Goals)
  15. Laugh more
  16. Stop dwelling on things that don’t go the way you planned. Remember that everything that happens to you is for your ultimate benefit.
  17. Volunteer your time to a good cause.
  18. Put hard work and honesty into everything you devote your time and energy to.
  19. Talk to someone you can trust and open up to. Discuss your thoughts and feelings. Confess your current struggles and ask for advice.
  20. Stop feeling guilty about things that are out of your control. You should really stop blaming yourself for everything. Let go of that guilty feeling in the pit of your stomach and move forward with strength and courage.

Make peace with the reflection in the mirror and see yourself transform.

Photo Credit: Jennifer McDougall

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