Body Confidence - Accepting Who You Are

Written by Jennifer Stanhope, Sport Development Assistant

The hardest thing in the world is accepting yourself, your imperfections and everything that comes with it. We’re all our own worst critics, and that makes the whole ‘self-love’ thing an ongoing battle we fight with our bodies and our mind set.

We all have done it before… we have all compared ourselves to others and wanted something that someone else has got that you do not have. This might become familiar to yourselves, when I mention;

‘’I wish I had your figure’’, ’’I hate my stretch marks’’, ‘’I’m so ugly’’, ‘I don’t like this... I don’t like that…’.

Be Proud To Be You

Sometimes theses ‘so called Imperfections’ is about something genetic, like wishing to be taller or skinner, but more often it’s about something the other person is capable of doing that we desire we could do just as well.

Instead of wishing you were someone else, be proud of who you are, you never know who is looking at you, wishing they were you!

It’s easy to look at your best friend, your colleagues, or maybe... I don’t know ‘Kylie Jenner’ for example, and think, why can’t I be more like her? Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong in thinking this, but remember there is only one Kylie Jenner, so why would you try to compare and change your life into hers that already belongs to someone? This also applies to you too, boys/men!

Perfect The Way You Are...

Here’s the thing. You’re perfect just the way you are. Whatever flaws you think you’re currently cursed with, you’re wrong. Know why? Because there’s only one version of you out in the world, and for that reason, you’re the best YOU there is. Confused? Skeptical? It’s only the truth and something we all need to believe in a bit more.

Now! I’m not going to sit and write this tricking you lot into thinking that I do not have a single thing about my body that I wouldn’t change.…of course I do but it’s about learning to use these differences we have with each other and motivating ourselves to make a change (if it is realistic) and not dwell but embrace and be happy with who we are.

‘’ You can be anything but you can’t be everything’’ – David Allen (consultant)