Everyone has insecurities. Some are small and are easy to push to the back of your mind; others can be life-altering issues. Whatever your insecurity may be, there are ways to tackle it and get it out of your life for good. At the start of every year there are always a lot of New Year’s resolutions in connection to tackling insecurities. I think if they’re important for you to handle, then there’s no shame in having a resolution on them.
While it can be intimidating to confront your insecurities, it’s also be liberating. By demonstrating to yourself that you aren’t afraid of any silly little thoughts gnawing away in your head, you will gain and exude confidence. Insecurities come in many forms. They can be borne from the way you look (sparking a surge of teeth whitening, gym memberships and detox tea’s), the way you dress, or the way you act.
(Above was taken in Crete when I most definitely was not feeling insecure. My comfort with my body comes in highs and lows & I want to get back on that high again for 2018!)
Advice on Tackling Physical Insecurities as Part of Your New Years Resolutions
We live in a world where people are initially judged on appearance. I’ve definitely felt that first hand after trying my success on several dating apps (and eventually finding success on them!). By being able to tackle doubts about yourself, you will feel better both outside and inside. I think the world has gotten to a place where you can’t say you don’t like something about yourself physically because people will hate the fact that you want to change it. For example, I’ve seen a lot of backlash against bloggers who have spoken about wanting to lose weight this year because bloggers who are part of the bodyposi movement don’t like it. I honestly think that’s really silly and selfish. Improving yourself in your own eyes and on your own terms should always be celebrated.
Issues with yourself that are related to clear skin, white teeth, or greasy hair may seem shallow to some, but if improving your physical appearance equates to better mental health and confidence then I’m all for it. I used to be very self-conscious about my skin as a teenager but after some time and experimenting with products I found a skincare regime that doesn’t break me out. After sorting out my skin, I needed to come to terms with my body which I still struggle with today.
I also know that my boyfriend is super self conscious about his teeth (even though I think he’s the most handsome thing to ever walk the Earth). When we both started using a natural teeth whitener we both felt a lot better about them (you can see my thoughts on CoCo Carbon in this YouTube video). There are a plethora of products, such as Invisalign, which can provide proper dental care without any of the high-school fears of having visible braces. I’d love to one day try Invisalign but my teeth aren’t something I’m desperate to change, so I can wait. As for hair, altering your haircare routine is the first step towards healthier locks. I switch up my haircare around every 6-8 weeks because I found it prevents build up from happening and it combats my hair becoming resistant to treatment shampoo. The fact is, tackling physical issues that you don’t like does make you feel better.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong in wanting to kick physical insecurities up the butt and become the most confident version of yourself!
I think that at the start of a new year and in the wake of a million resolutions that I’m sure some are focused on the way we look, it’s really important to not forget why you’re making these resolutions and to make sure they’re helping you mentally as well as physically. For example, if you want to lose weight so you can get back to your old dress size, that’s cool. If you’re doing it because an Instagram model you saw looks skinny, that’s not good and nor is it sustainable. You’ll soon come to hate the gym if you’re not doing it because you’re passionate about it. If you can recognise where the insecurities have come from and take the correct steps to eliminating negative influences and factors from your life, you will soon see the benefits and become happier as a result.
Knowing that you are in control of your insecurities is often a turning point for lots of different people. It makes sense that with a renewed year, comes renewed goals about what we want to achieve professionally, mentally and physically. It only takes one instance of demonstrating to yourself that you are capable of achieving your goals to get fitter or to try a new skincare regime to improve your skin to give you a renewed sense of confidence. I don’t think there’s anything wrong in wanting to kick physical insecurities up the butt and become the most confident version of yourself!
I’d love to know if you have any fitness goals for 2018! I’m hoping to get me and my boyfriend back into Jiu-Jitsu and also to hit the gym a bit!
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