"I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something
of beauty in it." - Alexander McQueen
This week is body awareness week. As a mother of two teenage daughters I encourage positive body image constantly. Girls and boys are often comparing themselves to others and wishing and thinking that they look like or could have a figure like their favourite person or some one they idolise, which is normal but can affect people in different ways both positive and negative. I try to encourage my daughters and those around me to be comfortable with who they are and be healthy.
The Butterfly Foundation has a little fact sheet to encourage a more positive body image -
Do not compare the way you look to anyone else. You are being unfair to yourself trying to compare yourself to images in magazines, celebrities and pop stars.
Treat your body well. By eating nutritious foods, exercising MODERATELY and never going on dangerous diets. This will make you feel more alive and positive about yourself. You only get one body - so treat it well!
Do not try to be someone else. YOu are beautiful just the way you are. Do not put pressure on yourself to diet, dress or exercise your way into trying to look like someone else. You do not need to CHANGE for anyone. If someone dose not like you for who you are - then they are not worth hanging out with.
Focus on the parts of yourself you like. Every one likes some parts of their appearance. Try to focus on what you like and enhance it with clothes and accessories that bring out your personal style and confidence.
Remember that people on TV and in magazines do not really look like that. Photos of models, celebrities actors, sport stars who appear in the media are airbrushed, photoshopped or digitally enhanced. Which is unrealistic.
Be kind to yourself .... and your friends. You probably treat your friends well so what would it be like if you treated yourself with the same respect? Be kind to yourself and notice the difference. Support your friends by never bullying or putting anyone down. Be PROUD of WHO you ARE and celebrate the differences between you and your friends.
You are so much more than the way you look. Have fun with the way you look but do not let it rule your life. You do not need an expensive dress and lots of make up to feel amazing. Put your energy into things you are good at, things you love doing and people you love being around will make your life fun and meaningful.