Have you ever hated how you look? You are not alone. According to a Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report, women's confidence in their bodies is at an all-time low. Regardless of location or age, many women across the world have low self-esteem based on how they feel about their looks.
While often temporary, self-consciousness can, at times, linger for longer than you would prefer. And this could affect your confidence, job prospects, and even your social life. Fortunately, this is something you can overcome. The following are some tips to help you along.
Unfortunately, human beings are often their own worst critics. While self-criticism is not entirely bad, how you go about it might be. For example, if you are constantly comparing yourself to other people and beating yourself up, this is not positive critiquing.
Social media has made it seem like everyone else is living a better life, looks better, and is happier than you. As a result, it can create self-esteem issues and can heighten one's self-consciousness. Instead of comparing yourself to other people, work on the best version of yourself that you can be.
Consider Cosmetic Surgery
Granted, this is not a decision you should arrive at lightly. In the process of becoming the best version of yourself, you might discover certain things that are difficult to change about yourself. If these aspects are standing in the way of your happiness, you can consider changing them through plastic surgery.
However, approach this cautiously to ensure you get the expected results. Research prospective surgeons thoroughly and ensure to steer clear of surgeons with poor reviews. Ensure you have the finances for it as well; otherwise, you will be solving one problem only to end up with an entirely different one.
Don't Ignore the Inside
Whatever is on the inside tends to reflect on the outside as well. At times, your internal turmoil and frustrations can make you overly critical about yourself. While this is normal from time to time, it's wrong to allow it to fester.
One thing you can do is look inward whenever you begin feeling overly self-conscious. Find out what else might be going on in your life that might be bringing this on and work on it. Often, you find that once you are happy, positive, and content on the inside, the self-consciousness dissipates.
Get Back to Self-Care
The rigors of life can quickly push self-care to the back seat without you realizing it. Unfortunately, when this happens, you start looking a little worse for wear. Whenever you feel self-conscious out of the blue, it might help to examine your self-care routine.
If you find that you have neglected yourself mentally, emotionally, or physically, it's time to get back on track. Think meditation, eating right, prioritizing good quality sleep, and doing things that make you smile. Of course, do not forget personal grooming.
Working out is great for the entire body. The human body is built to be on the move, so get moving! Aside from the emotional and mental benefits of regular workouts, sticking to an exercise regimen can help transform you physically. Once you begin looking and feeling fit, leaner, and curvier in the right places, that episode of self-consciousness is bound to fly out the window.
Working out does not have to cost you anything as you can virtually work out anywhere, with or without gym equipment. There should be no excuses when it comes to this. Your body will thank you.
No Magic Pill
One thing that will stand out from this list is that there is no magic pill when it comes to dealing with self-consciousness. Instead, focus on working on yourself from the inside out. This is the winning formulae.