To say a person is confident means that such a person believes in herself. Words that are synonymous with confidence in this context are faith, trust, belief, reliance, dependence, courage, to mention but a few. These words relate to how you feel about yourself and not others.

Simply put, having faith in you, trusting you, believing you, being true to you, because YOU matter.

It is essential to point out that people will only see you for who you present before them. They can never see you more than how you see yourself.

On the other hand, body image has to do with a person’s perception, thoughts, and feelings about her physical self. Body image can be either positive or negative depending on how you see yourself in this case as a plus-sized person.

Now the question I would like you to answer is this, how do you feel about yourself?

Here are a few tips on how you can build confidence in yourself as well as improve your perception about your body image:

  1. Love and treat yourself right:

There are still some of you who look down on yourself and feel imperfect about a whole lot of things that you cannot change about yourself. Now that is so wrong and unacceptable. You are unique and there is none like you. Accept it because there is nothing you can do about it. Embrace you with your size, complexion, strength and weaknesses put together. That is what makes you different from others. Do not wait for anyone to pamper you or give you that wonderful experience that makes you feel good. Do it for yourself. Take yourself out. Have fun. Live life to the fullest because you owe no one an apology for being you. Enjoy being you.

  • Quit comparison:

If you have ever looked at someone and wished that you looked like that person, or that a part of your body was like their’s, please stop it right there. You can never be her, and she can never be you. That is what makes you different from others and there no apologies. Stand in front of the mirror and admire what makes you different from others. Hey, if you didn’t know, that’s your strength! Do you know how many people are wishing that they had such a great body like yours? Well, if you didn’t, now you know. You are perfect the way you are so quit comparing yourself with others.

  • Speak the right words about yourself:

Words are power-packed and very effective. So mind what you say about yourself. Tall, average height or short, light-skinned, chocolate or dark-skinned, long hair or short hair, big bust or wide hips, you are beautiful with whatever you possess. Look at yourself and tell yourself how beautiful, strong and powerful you are. You can never go wrong with a personal pep talk.  Speak positive words to yourself. You are the only one that can determine your success or failure. Your body image and confidence depends wholly on you. No one can ever treat you better than you.

  • Value you above others:

Like I always say, you are of utmost importance. Do not let others look down on you or make you feel less than you are. As a matter of fact, you do not need their validation to make you feel good about yourself. In your dealings with people be fair but also ensure that you are not displeasing yourself just to please them.

Having discussed how you can improve your self-confidence and overall body image, you should know that once you are able to achieve these, it will help:

  • Boost your self-esteem.
  • Make you bold and courageous enough to face any challenge.
  • Increase your self-worth.
  • Improve your relationship with others.
  • Empower you to take up your responsibilities without fear of failing.
  • Achieve your personal goals in life.
  • Kill mediocrity.

Now you know what it takes to be confident and have a positive body image, take charge of your life!

Please be safe and practice good hygiene.

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