Yes I know, it’s beeeeennnn forever! Sometimes life travels so fast via your world of work and home, that you forget to do the initial things that started your journey, the activities that were going to allow you to actually slow down and take a breath. However, no point dwelling or apologising, and instead I have found some mind space to start my writing again. Sometimes, a break is as crucial as doing something you enjoy, without any time to reflect on it. So, I will deem this as a long break and am back with more topics of interest, well of interest to me and hopefully you guys too 🙂
With summer finding its way gradually back onto British radar, many of us begin to turn to photoshopped images of celebrities, even our peers sometimes and drool over their non-existent legs, perfectly visible abs or that evident thigh gap, that you later find out has been added somewhere in between the photoshoot and editing. I’m guilty of it too, deep thoughts as to why my DNA failed to produce Kendal Jenner’s never ending legs or Cheryl Versini’s resemblance of a waist. However, should we really be enduring in these type of social pressures? Are we becoming too obsessive and constraining our thoughts to this idea of “perfection”?
How do we strengthen our confidence to see these most-often edited images and still feel content in our own skin? It is definitely hard, without a shadow of a doubt. We are surrounded by it, newspapers, social media in all forms. Recently, I have begun to learn how to be comfortable in my own skin. I used to hide or at most, run a mile at a bare minimum, if even the word “photo” was mentioned. I have slowly learnt the art of taking care of myself and turned to thinking about health and nutrition. My MSc was also in health promotion hence the realisation.
Back to the present though, some of the ways that I have learnt to build on my inner confidence is to:
1) Firstly, to surround myself with positive and true people. This was important to me as I used to let others’ opinions count towards how I valued myself.
2) Secondly, some may view it as shallow, but throwing on a pair of nice heels and basic makeup can ooze that extra bit of confidence from underneath. I used to hide under makeup and to be truthful, I probably wear less of it now ensuring that my heart and smile relay the confidence from underneath, but nevertheless that doesn’t stop me from a bit of basic foundation and eyeliner.
3) Diet and nutrition- yes, I am guilty when it comes to reading about the latest, unrealistic diets, the maple syrup diet or the banana diet. These may have worked for people, but for me the long term benefits need to be fully understood. However, I am definitely not one to try these diets as a result for my crazy love of food. My interests mostly lie in traditional, Ayurvedic forms of health and medicine. I try to make my own home face-masks when I can, exploring new spices as my views of conventional medicine seem to have been lost. One of the most important things my masters’ taught me was to think about health as “holistic” Ever since, I try to perceive all aspects of my life in this way. Trying to engage with the underlying root of a problem rather than trying to fix a problem on a short-term basis.
I hope this blog post was a good one and that you will bombard me with your own views as how you build your inner confidence on a day-to-day basis.