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Because It’s Perfect: Loving Your Body

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As a working woman, you may not find the time for yourself to do the things you really want to, let alone think about eating only healthy food or getting some exercise. That may lead you to feeling dull on days that are not your best. You may even start developing a low body image of yourself.

You probably have your hands full with managing both your work and your home. You need to be in the best of spirits to be able to take care of it all. But how are you going to do that if you sulk just because you think you’re not as good as someone else?

Remember- you ARE wonderful. You just think you’re not!

Get Real

Though you know that the images of women you see on TV, in movies, and on magazine covers are professionally and digitally altered, you need to realize the same. Hours are spent trying to perfect the model’s make-up and hair. Moreover, the photographer captures only the best side of his subject and then goes on to airbrush it to perfection.

What you see as perfect is unreal. Nobody’s skin is 100% free from blemishes and wrinkles. Some extra curves don’t have to be your reason to feel uncomfortable.

What’s Your Take on Beauty?

Your perception of beauty influences how you see others and yourself. Consider what you think of people you happen to pass by when you see them. Are you always judgmental or do you accept the fact that everyone is beautiful in his/her own way?

Women of all shapes and sizes have been depicted in art throughout ages and across different cultures. Isn’t art beautiful to look at? So is your own body.

Don’t Shy Away From the Mirror

Look into it. What is it that you like the most about yourself? What is it that you previously liked but now don’t? Was there ever a time when you were completely happy with the way your body was?

Look for the best things about your body. Perhaps your hair has started to gray but it is still lustrous and soft. Maybe your skin has started to show some fine lines but you’ve gone past the stage when acne used to break out without a warning. If you have great looking nails without having to do much, count that as a blessing too!

What you see as perfect is unreal. Nobody’s skin is 100% free from blemishes and wrinkles. Some extra curves don’t have to be your reason to feel uncomfortable.

Never Compare Yourself with Others

If you find yourself constantly comparing your looks and your figure with that of the others around you, you need to stop. The person you think looks lovely because she’s thin might have lost weight due to an illness. Perhaps she wants to put on some weight but can’t and may find you beautiful!

Even on the professional front, don’t look at others and feel that you have done nothing in life. Surely you have done your best to support your family in whatever way you could. Not everyone has the same role to play.

Respect Your Body

Your body is a miracle in itself. Spend a few minutes every morning to think of how beautifully your body works. Your skin replaces itself each month and you get a new stomach lining every five days. Your body works day in and day out, all the time even when you are not conscious of this fact. Your heart beats incessantly, your muscles move when you want them to, and you breathe without thinking about it.

Treat your body right. Stay away from unhealthy food and habits. If you exercise, don’t overdo it. Don’t abuse your body by resorting to habits such as purging food to lose weight. Your genes play a huge role when it comes to how and where you put on weight. Let your body take its own course instead of resorting to torturous ways to tame it. Just do the right things to lose weight, if you must.

With so many companies, advertisements, and magazines trying to project images of what an ideal woman should look like, it is easy to set unrealistic goals for oneself. Such goals if not met, can easily drive you into depression. Don’t let these superficial ideas of beauty get to your head.

Don’t Waste Time Wishing Things Could Be Different

Women spend far too much time contemplating their looks and wishing they were thinner, plumper, fairer, darker and what not. Look around you, there are people who love you for what and who you are. You should be spending your precious time having fun with them, and sharing joy and laughter.

Focus on the things that you love. Do the things that you have always wanted to but always found an excuse not to.

Indulge Whenever You Want To

Well you can’t have a rich dessert every day. But there will be days when you just crave something so bad it hurts. Tease yourself and then give in to temptation. After all, what do you earn for? Certainly not to pine away so you don’t gain extra pounds!

Forget About What Others Say

Unless the person giving you advice is a trusted friend, don’t listen to his/her opinion on your body weight, shape, or size. Dress comfortably and wear whatever you want to. Buy a couple of bathing suits and bikinis that make you feel sexy. Please yourself, not others.

Conclusion

With so many companies, advertisements, and magazines trying to project images of what an ideal woman should look like, it is easy to set unrealistic goals for oneself. Such goals if not met, can easily drive you into depression. Don’t let these superficial ideas of beauty get to your head.

Do the best that you can for yourself- eat healthy and exercise regularly. Even a little exercise goes a long way in giving you that feeling of being in control of your life. Do the right things and stay away from negativity. You will certainly feel that you’re on the top of the world!

Author Bio:

Millie Rainer is a content strategist for Swimwear Boutique – a Florida-based online fashion forward boutique, offering swim and resort apparel. She enjoys writing articles for the brand and loves exploring the latest fashion trends. Follow her on Twitter @MillieRainer.

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