Monday, March 29, 2010
When your spirits lift, everything follows (yes, even your butt). Leslie Sokol, PhD., and Marci G. Fox, Ph.D, authors of "Think Confident, Be Confident", offer tips on loving the skin you're in.
SEE THE ENTIRE LANDSCAPE. You're more than just a waist, arms and thighs. If you let your physical features define you, you risk magnifying them inappropriately. You are a total package, including the emotional qualities your friends love about you.
POLL YOUR PEEPS. Speaking of friends, ask your closest pals what they find most attractive about you. Awkward, perhaps, but a handful of compliments will provide evidence against any self-criticism.
FIND MIDDLE GROUND. Like most things in life, how you feel about your body is part of a continuum: Some days you're up; other days you're down. The goal is to minimize the extremes.
REVAMP YOUR VOCAB. It's not "I should", it's "I'm trying to." Relive yourself of having to live up to a fixed standard you've embedded in your brain.
USE IT OR LOSE IT. Our bodies are designed to dance, walk, bike, and run. Being active automatically brings you joy and enhances confidence, regardless of your shape or size.