The average person in the United States is bombarded with a staggering 3,000 advertisements every day, many of them featuring young, thin and beautiful women. More often than not, the females on the receiving end of these advertisements begin to feel inferior in some way. Recent studies show that more than 65 percent of women have a negative body image and don’t feel proud of the way they look. This negative female body image can go on to affect women’s confidence, self-esteem, relationships and even their sex drive. If you or someone you love suffers from a negative body image, use these four tips to help feel better about your body and boost your self-esteem.
1. Create a List of Your Best Attributes
Women who are dealing with a negative body image often see things in black and white. Since they aren’t supermodels, they feel like they must be worthless. However, it can be a good exercise to create a list of positive attributes to remind yourself that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Reminding yourself that you are funny, generous and that you often get complimented on your curly hair can help you to accept and love what you see in the mirror as well.
2. Treat Yourself Like Your Best Friend
Women who notice that their friend had put on a few pounds would rarely, if ever, think negative thoughts about that person. On the whole, women are supportive and kind when it comes to the body image of their best friends and loved ones. The next time you have a negative thought about your body, think about what you would say to your best friend if she said that. Most likely, you would discourage her from the negative thought and say something positive instead.
3. Identify Beautiful Women of all Shapes and Sizes
Look around the grocery store or classroom and think about all the different types of women represented. Denise Martz, a clinical healthy psychologist, says that, “A large percentage of women said it is possible for women to be a larger size and have self-esteem, but when it came to them personally, they said it’s hard to feel good about themselves when they are a larger size.” Realize that if you can see a woman who is not perfect and still see her beauty, others look at you and think the same thing.
4. Buy Attractive Clothing That Fits
Many women who don’t feel positive about the way that they look stop putting effort into their appearance. However, that will simply perpetuate the cycle of negative body image. Instead, invest in attractive clothing that fits you properly and makes you feel good. “Buy what fits you, and look the very best you can. It sends a powerful message to yourself that you are worth it,” says leading weight management expert Abby Arnowitz. By using these tips, you can banish negative body image for good. Women who feel good about themselves are more likely to find successful careers and relationships that fulfill them, so it is important to have confidence in yourself and the way that you look. About the Author Lawrence Wright writes for Apexrx.com where you’ll find out more about Telemedicine and war.