Something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately are my insecurities. It’s something about swimsuit season that seems to bring them all to the surface. I find myself in a constant struggle between “just be happy and proud of the body I have” and “why don’t I look like those other girls”. For many of us, conquering insecurities is an uphill battle and might never be fully resolved. However, treating ourselves with love and respect is vital to living a happy and healthy life, therefore, is something I truly believe we should all strive for.
4 tips for conquering insecurities
1. focus on what you love
Have you ever spent time focusing on things you love about yourself? So often we critique ourselves – why not spend that time loving ourselves? Challenge yourself to write down or reflect on something you love about yourself daily. And don’t limit the love! Think of your physical traits, personality traits, big and small accomplishments, etc.
2. have a plan
One thing you can count on is having an off day every now and then – we all have them! Knowing ahead of time that these days are bound to happen is the first step to surviving them. Make a plan for how to treat yourself on your off days.
If nothing excites you more than the thought of taking a bath and drinking a glass of wine, this can be your “off day” plan! If you’re feeling blah, put on some lipstick and blush to physically brighten yourself up! There are endless things you can plan for your off days – just make sure your plan is about you and helping you get through your off day.
Note: On my off days, I do my best to avoid making drastic decisions. I tend to think I should start a crazy diet or embark on an insane exercise program. Off days are NOT the days to make decisions like these!
For more ideas on things to do for yourself, check out this post!
3. refresh the accounts you follow on social media
This is a big one for me. I used to scroll through my Instagram feed and look at girls who had “perfect” bodies. It was continuous torture right in the palm of my hand. Finally, I decided to stop following those accounts! Gradually, I made an effort to follow uplifting and encouraging accounts. Now, my Instagram feed is filled with way more things that make me feel good than things that make me feel insecure.
I would HIGHLY recommend anyone who is struggling with insecurities to refresh the accounts you follow on social media. Out of sight, out mind, right?!
4. get your blood flowing
Exercise is proven to release endorphins. Incorporating the natural release of endorphins is a great way to help with conquering insecurities. Weather or not your insecurity is related to a physical aspect of your body, exercise and getting your blood flowing is bound to help you feel better. Try going for a walk during your lunch break or signing up for exercise classes after work!
While insecurities might never fully go away, we can still do our best to conquer them! What tips do you have for conquering insecurities?
Lots of love – ked