Losing weight can be like riding a roller coaster for many people, especially during their adult years and even before that for some. There is so much stress on our body image these days, that many individuals take so-called healthy measures to turn their bodies into what is perceived as healthy or “ideal”, but they only end up damaging their bodies along with their self-esteem.
Here is a list of four simple ways that will help you to stop stress from affecting your diet and allow you to start enjoying your life.
1. Don’t compare yourself to others
It is easy to flip though a magazine at the store and look at one beautiful celebrity’s body after another. They are so lean, sculpted and every picture of them shows an apparently perfect radiant smile. What you don’t see behind that smile is the pain and hours of hard work that is required day after day to look that good. It is ridiculous to compare yourself with someone who is paid big bucks to look that good and their only job is to look glamorous all the time. Instead of concentrating on the perfect celebrities we see in media, concentrate on more important matters such as those around you, who mean so much to you.
2. Take your time
After taking the time to meditate on the people and things in your life that really matter, take matters into your own hands. Take the time to visit dear friends and family members that you have been too busy to spend time with. Make time to appreciate where you live and go explore new places nearby. This is the perfect time to take some time for you alone and put your weight loss problems aside. Start a new habit or go see that new chic-flic that you have been dying to see. When you focus on those around you or new activities, you will appreciate yourself more.
3. Splurge on some new clothes
If you have been wearing the same old pair of jeans for that last two years, always putting off buying a new pair because you are waiting to lose another ten pounds and all you have now is a pair of badly fitting jeans. Tight fitting jeans give your self-esteem a boost and make you feel your best. Spending money, whatever the cost on a pair of good quality jeans will leave you feeling sexy. While you are shopping, make sure to pick up some blouses or shirts that make you feel beautiful or saucy.
4. Reunite with yourself
When you are unhappy with yourself and your body, take the time to meditate on all of the things you like about yourself. If you always have liked your eyes, then pick up some new makeup at the store or try a new makeup technique. Do you have beautiful lips? Then pick up a new lip-gloss. The key is doing something that you wouldn’t normally do for yourself.
Even if you consider that being skinny is the most important thing, the truth is that confidence plays a more important factor in your life. By following these four simple suggestions for stopping stress from sabotaging your diet, you will feel more confident and valued.