Between magazines, social media, and well, just life in general, feeling comfortable in your own skin can sometimes feel like a huge challenge. That’s why it’s so important to really make sure you’re taking care of yourself in every possible way. Here are a few ideas about how to feel comfortable in your own skin!
Self-acceptance isn’t always easy, especially with all the pressures of modern day life! From skin to screens, here are some ways to think and behave your way to being comfortable in your own skin.
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Main Takeaways: How to be comfortable in your own skin has to do with taking care of yourself both inside and outside. Quitting habits that don’t serve you and starting ones that do will play a major part in how you feel about yourself.
Good to Know: Being comfortable in your own skin doesn’t have to mean a major life overhaul. It can take only a few tiny changes in behavior to increase your self-esteem exponentially.
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1. Start With Your Health
It’s hard to be mentally healthy if you’re not physically healthy, so if you haven’t been to the doctor recently, schedule an appointment. Make a point of asking them if they can recommend vitamins or supplements you should be taking to feel your best. If you haven’t been eating well, ask for a food plan. Talk about exercise, hormone levels, and if you have trouble sleeping, ask them if they have suggestions for getting more of it. Most of us ask more questions of our mechanic than we ask of our doctor, but with a comprehensive review of your health, you’ll have a great starting point for working on your self-esteem!
2. Get Your Skin Healthy
Just as you feel better psychologically when you’re physically healthy, you’ll feel better mentally when your skin looks its best. And let us be clear: we’re not talking about beauty here–we’re talking about skin health. Treating it well and sticking to a great, comprehensive skin care routine is an easy and simple way to ensure your skin looks its best, which will help fuel your self-confidence in ways you won’t believe. Our face is our calling card to the world–make sure you’re treating yours well!
3. Take a Break From Social Media
It’s amazing how little time it takes on social media to go from super-confident human being to feeling inferior. Whether you’re looking at friends’ vacation pictures (where they look great in a bikini), a celebrity talking about their incredibly restricting diet that keeps them looking decades younger, or even a random stranger who just seems to have it all together, social media can have an enormous effect on people. Take a break from it and we bet you’ll feel your self-esteem go up and your stress levels go down.
Or Give Up Social Media
Although this may seem like an insane idea in this day and age, one way to really make sure social media doesn’t affect your self esteem is to swear it off, cold turkey. It may be a challenge at first, but the best way to do that is to replace that time with something else you really enjoy like taking a walk or giving yourself a spa day. After a while, you probably won’t even miss it. In fact, you’ll probably never want to use social media again.
And Get Away From Screens in General
Sometimes, we spend so much time around screens we forget what it’s like to spend time around people. Or nature. Or heck, even the mall! Although most of us have to use a computer for various reasons, an occasional day spent anywhere that’s not in front of a computer is a good day. Not only does it take us away from electronics, it takes us away from comparison.
4. Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People in General
Theodore Roosevelt once said that “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and it’s really true. Whether it’s a celebrity, a friend, or even a fictional character in a book, there is nothing that will incite unhappiness faster than measuring yourself to others. Every time you find you’re measuring your own worthiness with someone else’s, remind yourself that there is no one like you. Follow up that thought with daily affirmations to keep your mind on what matters most to you.
5. Repeat Daily Affirmations
Daily affirmations can motivate yourself to be accepting of who you are and where you are at. If there’s somewhere you want to be or something you want to do, repeating daily affirmations can help you get there, too! Here are a few to get you started:
- I am in control of my thoughts, mind and body.
- I am worthy of everything I want and more.
- I am powerful and in control of my reality.
6. Do Something for Someone Else
Want a huge rush of dopamine? Do something for someone else. No matter how uncomfortable you’re feeling with yourself, we can almost promise you you’ll feel a million times better after you’ve helped another person. Even if it’s just in a small way like paying for the car behind you at the drive-thru, or bringing your neighbor flowers, we promise you’ll experience immediate, positive results.
7. Talk to Your Friends
We all like to put our best foot forward but chances are, if you talk to your friends, some of them probably have the same insecurities you do. Of course, it’s not a good thing that they’re insecure, but it might make you both feel less alone to know you’re sharing some of the same doubts.
8. Avoid People Who Make You Feel Bad About Yourself
We all have one– that “friend” whose life always seems to be better than yours and wants you to know it. Maybe they’ve just bought a new house (and it’s bigger than yours), or they’ve started a new job (and it’s better than yours), or they’ve reached some milestone (that you probably won’t). Being comfortable in your own skin is virtually impossible around them because they’re constantly competing. We’ve got news for you–this person isn’t a friend–it’s just someone you know. A true friend always makes you feel better about yourself, so there’s no reason to feel bad about weeding this one-upper out of your life.
9. Stand Up Straight
This may seem like something your mother would say, but it really is true that how we carry ourselves has a lot to do with how we feel about ourselves. Our posture not only helps us feel good internally, but signals to the world that we feel great about ourselves. Throw your shoulders back and lift up your chin! You’ve got this!
10. Act As if You Have Self-Confidence, Even if You Don’t
Seriously, pretend you’re playing the part of someone with supreme self confidence. It’ll train your brain to believe that you do and before you know it, you won’t be acting.
We hope this gives you a great starting point for being more comfortable in your own skin. It really doesn’t take much to start seeing some big changes in yourself–let us know how it goes!