Posts tagged confidence
How To Be More Grateful For Your Body

This past year has really tested me when it comes to my body image. After having gone through a fair amount of anxiety I turned to my trusted coping mechanism—food. Feeling the need to indulge in food as a way to feel better not only made me feel physically ill, but also changed the way I viewed my self-control, especially when I noticed my body begin to change in tandem. After having discussed these feelings with my therapist, I realized that my insecurities didn’t lie in the way I looked, but rather how I thought I would be perceived by others. Instead of recognizing how supportive my body was trying to be for me during times of high anxiety and, in a sense, putting on armour by gaining a bit of weight, I was berating myself.

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How To Be A Bit More Body Positive When It Feels Impossible

My body image has always been an issue for me, ever since I was a little girl. It’s hard to live life and spend a lot of it worrying about how you look and how others perceive you, which is why we often fall victim to body negativity. I am definitely guilty of putting unnecessary pressure on my body and stressing myself out over things that, in the grand scheme of life, don’t really matter. So, for today’s post I wanted to share a few methods I use to be a bit more body positive.

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My Struggle with Food & Body Image

For as long as I could remember I had been sneaking food. I never saw a need for it until I hit puberty and my growing female figure was being pointed out to me - not in complimentary ways, but in the suggestion that it was just too much. My breasts were too big to no longer wear a bra, my hips were too wide to keep eating whatever I wanted. I was now to monitor myself and my habits, and if I couldn't do that then someone else in my family would.

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MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY & WHAT IT TAUGHT ME

It's been about 5 years now since I lost 35 lbs. I'm commemorating this occasion not out of vanity, but out of self exploration and appreciation. I was a much different person before I'd lost the weight, a dampened version of my current self. There was undoubtedly a sadness lurking behind the puffy cheeked smile I still have, but it wasn't enough to make me lose sight of myself, my worth, and my potential.

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THE (SOMEWHAT) REAL WOMEN OF REALITY TV

I’m not going to sit here and claim to be holier-than-thou by saying that I dislike reality TV. On the contrary, I find it extremely entertaining, especially when it involves segregating certain types of people into one house. Jersey Shore by far is my favourite reality show because of its blatant idiocy. The producers know these people are caricatures, we know it and—dare I say—the participants themselves know it. This is the driving force behind most successful reality shows. We want to see them act ridiculous and they, in turn, fall into the trap of becoming who they are seen to be.

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5 WAYS TO STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

As social media has become more prevalent I’ve found that it has been increasingly hard to not compare myself to others. Our entire lives have been full of comparisons and competition, whether that be with your grades in school or the career you end up having. It’s hard to step out of that mentality if we are always told that being the best at something is vital, despite how many people are good at the same thing. Being in the blogging world for a little while, I’ve already noticed this comparison creep into my daily life, leaving me feeling discouraged and unmotivated, as if there’s not point to attempt something if I won’t be as good as someone else. But at the end of the day, we are all different and we do the same thing differently.

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DOES OUR HAIR DEFINE US AS FEMINISTS?

For the entirety of my life I’ve struggled with my hair and it’s intricacies. It started at a young age where I was given the quintessential bob just below the ears paired with uneven bangs. This look wouldn’t have been as much of an issue (considering Anna Wintour has sported the same look for years) if it hadn’t been for how naturally curly my hair is. With these somewhat embarrassing hairstyles it encouraged me at a young age to dislike not only the length of my hair, but also it’s natural texture, deeming it as not pretty enough. I would use a nightgown and strap it around my head to mimic the long, straight hair I’d seen in childhood movies and television shows. No one had curly hair without it being acknowledged as something rebellious and combating the status quo.

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