How to Be Confident With Your Body

How to be Confident With Your Body

I’ve heard that confidence is like a muscle – you have to keep exercising it so it can grow strong.

It seems easy enough, but the challenge that many people face, including myself, is actually doing the work to get there.

Unlike building a physical muscle, gaining confidence focuses entirely on mental exercise.

Now, this can be tricky because we already have a set perspective, that is, certain ways of doing or seeing things. Changing these internal habits takes patience, time, and reflection.

However, confidence really is a skill that we can develop through practicing certain mindset techniques.

Ultimately, anyone can do it and no one can stop you – except for yourself!

So, let’s push past those internal fears or hesitations and discover how to be confident about your body.

First off, let me ask you a question…

Why Is Confidence Important?

Yes, you clicked on this article for a reason! So, you know confidence is an important element in living a happy and fulfilling life!

But, can you tell me why that is?

You probably just know that confidence is important but could not really sum up why! That’s because growing up, most of us were told to be confident against the challenges we faced or could face – like bullying.

But, confidence is more than just a reaction to something negative! Being confident can change you entirely for the better!

How to Be Confident With Your Body

Being confident allows you to…

  • Believe in yourself: it calms the voice inside you that says, “I can’t do it.”
  • Be happier: it gives you a greater sense of purpose and brings out your authentic self.
  • Be free of doubt: you no longer doubt yourself or your abilities because you know what you can handle.
  • Build more meaningful connections: you become less focused on yourself and will be able to genuinely communicate and relate to others.
  • Become stronger: you will know you can handle obstacles and not be crippled by them.
  • Be more motivated: you will be more likely to start projects instead of pondering about them for a while.
  • Be less stressed: you will have to worry less about yourself and other mental tortures.

These all sound incredible, right? Well, you can be just like this as long as you take these tips and integrate them into your daily life.

Let’s get into it.

How To Get Body Confidence!

realize you are your own worst critic

How do you talk to yourself?

The self-talk you use as a major impact on your self confidence. Unfortunately, we all have moments where we think negatively about ourselves.

The key to being a confident person is catching ourselves whenever we have those moments and then replacing them with positive thoughts.

For example, if you find yourself criticizing your body, remind yourself about the parts of yourself you like and you find beautiful. This will weaken those harmful thoughts so all you think about yourself are encouraging thoughts.

This will build your self confidence and allow you to be happier with your body because you will no longer be doubting yourself.

Tell People How to Treat You

Maybe your lack of body confidence stems from one person who always makes comments about your body. Like your aunt every Thanksgiving who mentions your weight.

It’s not okay. And you need to put an end to it.

You cannot simply wait for the comments to stop. Telling someone their comments are unwelcome or hurtful will make a big difference in how you perceive yourself.

It can be scary especially if you don’t like confrontation. But, it’s important to recognize that telling them will stop the comments, embarrassment, and pain.

If this is the push you need: be strong and do it!

SWitch Up Your Wardrobe

Sometimes, all we need is to change things up to get a fresh perspective.

Purchasing some pieces of clothing that you really like, will in turn make you feel more confident when you wear it.

But, you don’t even have to spend money. Maybe wear something that you haven’t worn in a while or try spicing up your appearance by making more bold outfit choices.

If you don’t want to change up your style entirely you can change the colours you wear or focus on enhancing a part of your body you like the most.

How to Be Confident With Your Body

While doing this, it is important that you step out of your comfort zone a little bit – don’t overdo it or you will end up feeling insecure! Take things slow and know what you are okay with doing.

You will discover that you’ll walk with your head up and feel more like yourself!

Pamper Yourself!

Never underestimate the importance of a good pamper session!

Treating yourself every now and then is so important because it makes us feel amazing! When we feel good, it also transforms how we think about ourselves!

Here’s a list of things you can do to feel incredible and boost your confidence:

These activities don’t seem like they would be related to increased body confidence.

However, all of them involve taking care of ourselves in a way that directly contributes to our happiness and how we feel about ourselves.

improve how you present yourself!

  • What’s your posture like?
  • Are you fidgeting by twirling your hair or tapping your feet?
  • Are you swaying side to side or are your feet planted firmly on the ground?
  • How are you breathing?
  • Do you maintain eye contact?

Body language is directly linked to your self confidence! Improving how you present yourself will make you feel more secure and comfortable with your body.

The actions I mentioned above are directly correlated to lack of self esteem and comfort in the social situation and yourself.

How we feel transfers into our physical appearance and can indicate to others exactly how you feel, whether that is shy, insecure, uncertain, and more.

An easy way to be confident in your body is to mirror the body language of others around you!

For example, you can naturally copy the mannerisms or facial expressions of people so that you feel more at ease with yourself.

This will also stop you from focusing on how you look and will show others that you are perfectly composed.

Appreciate Yourself!

Recognize all the amazing things you do and everything you love about yourself. Lack of body confidence stems from low-self esteem.

So, in order to combat this, you need to highlight all the good things about you so your self-esteem will increase! This requires you to realize that beauty is more than skin-deep.

Ultimately, you need to count your blessings for what you have!

How to Be Confident With Your Body

It’s easy! When you wake up in the morning, think about 2 things you love about yourself and 1 physical feature you are feeling particularly confident about.

Starting your day with this positivity and kindness towards yourself will make a big difference in how you carry yourself throughout the day.

Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

One of the greatest things you can do in general is to stop comparing yourself to others.

It’s so important that we remember no two bodies are the same! Comparing yourself to an Instagram influencer or celebrity only breeds negative and toxic thinking.

Here are some techniques you can use to stop comparing yourself to others:

  • Clean out your digital close by restricting who you follow on Instagram to mainly your friends. This way, your feed is not clouded by people who fit societal perceptions of “beautiful”. This is a good beginner step to avoid comparison altogether and take away toxic mentalities that lower your self-esteem. Just limit your exposure to it and stop torturing yourself!
  • Remember that what is on the inside matters most. Comparing your body to someone else’s body takes away the most special and unique aspect of humans: our personality and insides. Learn to radiate from the inside and it will show on the outside.

Tell your friends about it!

Your friends should be the type of people that make you feel happy, comforted and loved!

By surrounding yourself with people like this, you are one step closer to being sure of yourself.

So, update your friends and telling them what you’re going through. Let them in on what you are working towards and they will be your biggest motivator and supporter.

How to be Confident With Your Body

It feels good to have someone in your life that checks in on your progress and cares about how you are doing!

Plus, it feels even better to open up on this topic that many people internalize.

Remember – don’t feel vulnerable or pressured to talk about how you want more confident. Your friends may be able to share their advice and stories too!

I hope you learned how to feel confident about your body!

Take charge of your life and aim to reach your full potential! I wish you all the best and remember you are perfect and beautiful just the way you are.

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8 Replies to “How to Be Confident With Your Body

  1. I always like to say, I’m an introvert living as an extrovert. I have to consistently keep up my self esteem and confidence.

    I always grew up insecure about my body! I struggled with my weight and my diet, but the way I was able to fully be confident is when I finally decided to change and do something about it.

    My ego went through the roof when i finally got abs lol.

    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi! Thank you for sharing your experience with self confidence. I’m happy to hear that you managed to achieve it and boost your self esteem 🙂 

  2. Hello, You have changed my thoughts regarding confidence. Now I know from confidence everything can be achieved. My friends always say to be confident. Then I start my research on confidence and find your lovely article. It will make my body more stronger and hope I will enjoy my life in better way. I hope everyone will become more confident after reading your lovely thoughts.

    1. Hello! I’m so glad your research lead our article 🙂 Be sure to subscribe for more posts like this – this was just Part 1 of our “Building Confidence” series. 

  3. Hi Rashaad & Danielle,

    Absolutely love your post about self-confidence. I can also see from your about page you’re fun and full of life.

    I’m at the age where I’ve excepted myself a long time ago and happy with what I am. I’m actually looking for some inspiration and something to share with my niece. She is in her early 20’s and needs a little help with self-confidence.

    She always finds something wrong with herself. If it’s not weight, then it’s her hair or skin or something else.

    She is also comparing herself a lot with others and I think that is the problem. I love your recommendation to limit your following on social media (she’s glued to her phone) and surround yourself with people that appreciate you.

    I’m definitely sharing this article with her.

    There is also a fine line between self-confidence and arrogance. Do you maybe have something on your blog explaining the difference?

    Thanks for a great read!

    1. Hi Rika! I’m so glad you enjoyed this article and thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂 I hope this article will help your niece, I definitely think that social media plays a big role. 

      I believe the difference between arrogance and self confidence is the element of appreciation. When we are confident, we recognize and appreciate ourselves and our abilities. Contrastingly, arrogance is an over inflation of our abilities which can harm ourselves and our relationships. I think it’s important that we accept ourselves more instead of diminishing our value and qualities like our hair, weight, and skin, as you mentioned. Hope that helps!

  4. Self confidence can make you fly. However,  it is not an easy one to accomplish but could achieved with practice.

    It is a well thought and thorough article which connects to the real world situation in our life..

    At times you are not knowledgeable enough to be confident enough what you are doing. 

    In a corporate world, how do you stop a hurtful, intimidating manager speaking rudely to you when he is responsible for your career?

    1. Hello Annusuya! Thanks for your insightful comment. We will be answering your question in an upcoming post as part of our “Building Confidence” series. Be sure to subscribe to our blog to stay updated 🙂

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