Are you scared to show some skin this bathing suit season? Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Luckily, contributor Lesley from Blare June is here to share timely advice for helping you feel confident.
We are officially in the midst of summer. This means that many of you have likely spent a few afternoons poolside or have a relaxing beach vacation scheduled. Summer is often anticipated all year long. However, for many, heading to the beach can result in anxiety, shame—and avoidance. The rise of social media and endless inspirational photos online and in magazines can leave you feeling bummed about your own bod.
Although very insightful and often helpful, this post will not touch on the five simple ways to shed that extra five pounds. It also will not discuss how to find the perfect bathing suit for your shape. Instead, the four tips below are simple ways to be confident and help deal with the pressure to be ‘bikini-body ready.’
- Be realistic: As much it may feel that everyone has the stature of a supermodel or has become Instagram famous overnight, that is not reality. While scrolling through our social media feed or flip through our favorite magazines, we are often bombarded with images of beautiful women with ‘perfect bodies.’ What we may not realize as we scroll through our feed is how many photos were taken to get the shot, how edited the image may be and what professionals (makeup, hair, fashion) were behind each look. Heck, the model likely didn’t even recognize her own self in the photo.
- Acceptance: We may have had ambitious plans to be in our best shape this summer. If that didn’t happen as planned, let’s not beat ourselves up. I’m not suggesting that regular exercise and healthy nutrition aren’t important. They are definitely vital to living a healthy and happy life. However, so is accepting who you are and where you are in your life presently. This recognition doesn’t mean failure. Life is about living and learning. So, use this summer to accept the body you have and start planning a healthier lifestyle after the upcoming beach barbecue.
- The shocking truth: This may come as a shock for many, but guess what? No one cares about your body! As women, most of us (if not all) have insecurities about our bodies and our overall appearance. We are often so concerned with how we look ourselves that we don’t take a look around at what other people may look like. As you head to the beach this summer, remember that many of the other women (and men) likely have arrived with the same insecurities. And most likely, they are not focusing on your bikini bod. Sorry to burst your bubble!
- Love what your mama gave you: As cheesy as it may sound, perfection is overrated! You can embrace what your mama gave you this summer by learning to love your curves. Love what you’ve been blessed instead of hiding beneath a cover-up or avoiding the pool party. Instead, jump right in—pun intended!