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A WN2L guide to feeling confident this Christmas!

Posted by Verity Johnston on

Feeling body confident during the festive season can be challenging with societal pressures, social gatherings, and the emphasis on festive foods. But we don't want to focus on the negatives, we want to enjoy Christmas! Here are some tips to help you embrace yourself and let go:

  1. Focus on positive self-talk:

    • Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations.
    • Remind yourself of your strengths, accomplishments, and the things you love about your body.
  2. Set realistic expectations:

    • Recognize that nobody's body is perfect, and perfection is an unrealistic standard. What is perfection anyway? 
    • Set achievable goals for your health and well-being rather than aiming for an idealised image.
  3. Celebrate your body's strengths:

    • Shift the focus from appearance to what your body can do.
    • Appreciate the strength, flexibility, and resilience of your body.
  4. Wear clothes that make you feel good:

  5. Practice self-care:

    • Take time for self-care activities that make you feel good, whether it's a warm bath, meditation, or a favorite hobby.
    • Prioritise rest and relaxation to support your mental and physical well-being.
  6. Surround yourself with positive influences:

    • Spend time with people who uplift and support you.
    • Avoid engaging in negative conversations or comparisons that can contribute to body dissatisfaction. Nobody has time for that nonsense!
  7. Participate in activities you enjoy:

    • Engage in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.
    • Focusing on enjoyable experiences can shift the focus away from appearance-centric concerns.
  8. Remember the true meaning of the festive period:

    • Reflect on the true essence of Christmastime, which is about joy, gratitude, and spending time with loved ones.
    • Shift your focus from appearance to meaningful connections and shared experiences.
  9. Practice mindful eating:

    • Enjoy holiday foods without guilt by practicing mindful eating.
    • Listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues, savour the flavours, and eat in a way that feels nourishing.
  10. Stay active for the right reasons:

    • Engage in physical activity because it makes you feel good, not as a punishment for Christmas indulgences.
    • Choose activities you enjoy, whether it's dancing, walking, or participating in festive fitness classes.
  11. Limit social media exposure:

    • Be mindful of the impact of social media on body image.
    • Consider taking breaks from platforms that contribute to negative self-perception.
  12. Seek support if needed:

    • If body image concerns are affecting your mental health, consider talking to a friend, family member, or mental health professional for support.
    • Sharing your feelings can be a positive step toward building body confidence.

Remember, everyone's journey to body confidence is unique, and it's okay to seek help if you need it. Use the festive season as an opportunity to celebrate who you are and all joyous moments this year has brought, with loved ones.

Have a very merry Christmastime! Whether you celebrate Christmas or you have time off work, use it well and be kind, to yourself and those around you.

Merry Christmas everyone! xx


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