I’ve always believed that if you feel good you also look good. Summer is the best time to get in touch with body confidence and feeling great about yourself. It can be a daunting task to feel good during the summer because most magazines and online publications go out of their way to tell us how to achieve the perfect bikini body. I say we stop paying attention to these unrealistic images of how a body should look and focus on how we can feel amazing in our bikinis without worrying about whether or not we look good enough.
However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to feel your best all year round not just during the summer months.
I always like to challenge myself so I decided to create a summer challenge that will help me feel good and look good all at the same time!
Here are some tips to help you feel confident this summer…
Focus on Healthy Habits
I know how difficult it can be to stick to eating healthy so I’m going to start by cutting down my sugar intake. I’m so bad for eating sweets and indulging in dessert after dinner. If you’re like me and you can’t say no to sweets, try substituting your chocolate bars with a healthy protein bar during the week and as a treat, you can indulge in that brownie sundae over the weekend. It’s all about portions when you’re trying to keep or lose some weight.
Another great way to feel better throughout the day is to make a green smoothie or even a juice. I like to add kale, apples, spinach, nuts, soy milk and yogurt to my smoothies. I find that smoothies are a good way to cut those unhealthy carbohydrates in the morning.
You can even focus on good proteins and fats like salmon, eggs, chicken and turkey and try having a tablespoon of coconut oil each day for it’s wide range of health benefits.
Take Time to Love Yourself
One thing I love doing when I’m feeling overwhelmed is to have a night to myself. I usually listen to music, write, watch a movie, take a walk, a bath and cook a meal to enjoy by myself.
Once you start making time for yourself, you will begin to feel good about your day and yourself.
Take Up a Fun Sport (if You Don’t Like Going to the Gym)
We all lose our motivation to go to the gym every so often. I don’t have a gym membership at the moment but I try to go for a jog or a long walk to stay in shape. I’ve also considered joining a sports team so that I’m consistent with being active.
Change Up Your Beauty Routine
Changing your beauty routine can certainly do wonders for you if you’re not feeling so confident. Start integrating scrubs and exfoliaters into your beauty regimen to get rid of dead skin. I also love cleaning out my makeup bag and adding new products to it such as a great highlighter 😉
I know they may be packed with chemicals but a bit of fake tan can make a huge difference to how you feel! I love how fake tans can give you a bit of a glow during the summer.
Buy a Swimsuit that Works for Your Shape
I have tried on so many bathing suits that only left me feeling self conscious about my body so I highly recommend going online and searching for the ones that will flatter your body shape. There are some absolutely gorgeous swim suits out there and you should be able to find something you feel good in without having to resort to a tent like cover up. Personally for my shape I love the halter neck fastening with a cute pair of shorts as well as high waisted bikini bottoms and fuller cupped bikini tops.
Change Your Thoughts
This is the hardest thing of all, but we are really our own worst critics when it comes to feeling good about ourselves. There’s no secret to feeling good about yourself because it all starts with you. We need to give ourselves some perspective, so try to avoid comparing yourself to others. Try surrounding yourself with people who are comfortable with themselves and that will help you feel good about yourself for the summer ahead. Remind yourself that celebs and models are airbrushed anyway, and they are nowhere near perfect in person. Replace negative word such as “fat”, “ugly” with “I am starting to love my body” because it takes time to grow to love anything and learning to love your body is no different.
Summer is here so you should enjoy it! Go to the beach, eat ice cream, take a trip and stop worrying about how you look! If you feel good you will surely look good.