1. Start with Mindset
So to start off, I am going to go over the most important tip of all. Everything you ever manage to think about yourself or critique, springs from your own mind. Therefor, mindset is key. Everyone has days where they look in the mirror and feel as if they aren't good enough. I can't think of a single person who feel 100% at all times, it just does not happen. So when you have bad body confidence, or confidence days at all, just try your best to focus on the positive aspects. Maybe you love your eyes, or hair that day, or your skin is really good. Just keep focused on that. Or if that doesn't work, curl your hair and put on your favourite lipstick. Just try your best to make yourself feel a bit more put together overall. And if none of the above work, keep in mind that your body is how it is for a reason. It was created to live, breathe, run and just be. So quit critiquing its every flaw, and make an effort to constantly remind yourself of all the incredible things it can do. This is something I notice, especially when I am sick. How incredibly well the body coordinates itself, and works perfectly. So instead of worrying about the smallest imperfections, focus on the greater health of your body.
2. Treat yourself with love
Another important tip I have for you is to focus on yourself in a positive way. It kind of goes hand in hand with discipline. I notice that my body works, feels and looks the best when I eat healthily, move my body, and stay hydrated. So why should I excessively treat my body poorly. It can be difficult to outweigh bad habits, but noticing a bad habit and putting in the effort to change it is the best way to start. Self-discipline however, is not always a sign of self-love. It can be taken to extremes where it can become very unhealthy. So there is a balance to it. Just focus on what makes your body, mind and soul feel aligned and energetic, and your confidence will sky rocket.
3. Make an effort to accept flaws
Every single person has something they may not adore about themselves. Little things, or maybe big things that we would like to change. Looking at your "flaws" every single day in the mirror, actually does help. When you accept that you have them and that others do too, they quickly become nonexistent to the eye. Remember you are honestly your biggest critique and nobody else cares or probably notices. I think acceptance is key. If there is nothing you can do to change it, then why bother yourself thinking about it?
4. Quit Comparing
So this is one of the things that I struggle with a lot. When scrolling through my instagram feed especially. Sometimes I catch myself wondering why I don't have the curly hair that a random model in Los Angeles has or why my skin is not naturally golden brown. Writing it out, it just sounds so stupid how those thoughts can even occupy my mind, when there are so many other things I could be placing my efforts and brain power into. I think the key to not comparing yourself, is just catching yourself doing it and reminding yourself that they are probably wondering the same thing about the next person on their feed. We live in a reality, where a lot of what we see is staged, and not at all real. So why even bother comparing yourself to someone you have never met, or can never be? Pointless, I tell you. So focus on you, what you know and the beauty you hold, and appreciate that in yourself.
5. It takes time
Don't get discouraged. It's a process. It takes months, and years to build confidence day. It's kind of like working out. Making efforts day by day, won't look like it's making a huge difference daily, but in the long run the efforts and results are unmissable. So work on it everyday, and in time there will be a day where you can look in the mirror, see what you may not have liked before, and come to realise that it's who you are. Uniquely and beautifully crafted.