We can’t really be sure if it was Instagram (read: a range of extremely gorgeous, over-the-top, stunningly beautiful and out-of-this-world hot women) that has gradually instilled us with this body, fashion and makeup paranoia or had we always been a tad anxious about it all just didn’t have it flaunted in our faces daily. Whichever the case, things are as they are – to most (if not all) of us it’s become extremely important to look good no matter where we go or what we do. The problem? It’s not always possible.
Although they may attack your “laziness” with arguments such as “where there’s will there’s power” and other similarly annoying word-gimmicks, you and I both know life doesn’t always grant you an extra of two hours to do your contour or a day off to go the gym. But, we do what we can, especially in the midst of getting ready for our upcoming summer holidays.
We are in this together. So, to help you eliminate that summer insecurity and get you back into a positive mindset, we’ve put together a little guide that should work to your benefit.
Ladies, do read on:
Take a look at your body, objectively
We’re all prone to judge ourselves in much crueler ways than others would. With that in mind, it may be possible you are being just a little too harsh on yourself and that you actually look pretty fine! Still, whichever the case, take a look at yourself in the mirror (wear just your underwear) and instead of focusing on what you don’t like, make sure you highlight WHAT YOU DO LIKE about yourself. Try this exercise for a few days in a row and you’ll see what it’ll do to your self-image.
Do mind what you eat
We are all fat… well, at least judging by the supermodels, commercials, billboards and other in-your-face methods of killing our self-esteem. Try to ignore those, really. If you had an entire day on your hands to just work on making yourself pretty, you’d look like a freakin’ diva! So, let’s forget about the unreal beauty standards for a second and think about our health. Make a promise to yourself that you’ll work on regulating your diet in order to increase your energy levels, brain functions and overall life quality. Include leafy greens, veggies, fruits and lean meats into your diet for a fantastic health boost. The extra pounds? They’ll melt away as a side-effect of your healthy lifestyle.
At least go for a run
Again, this doesn’t mean we’re cracking under the pressure of “fitness gurus” and other annoying fitness trips. This is for you – your feeling of fluffiness and your health. If you can’t make it to the gym, at least go for a run around the block. If it’s not five times a week, make it three times… as long as your body is getting some physical activity, you’ll be fine.
Buy a kick-ass swimsuit
Regardless of your size, you can look jaw-dropping on the beach. No, don’t role your eyes at us… you can! Can we talk about Ashley Graham for a second? Her curvaceous body is absolutely beautiful (as is her face) but the main reasons she oozes the gorgeousness she does are because a) she loves the way she looks and b) she knows what type of clothes/underwear/swimsuits to wear.
So, instead of trying to squeeze into a two-sizes-smaller bikini just because you want to prove something to somebody or wearing cuts that make your breasts look ranger or cover up the fact that you are “too skinny”, opt for a cut that agrees with your shape and compliments your figure. With a range of fantastic Baku swimwear you’ll find your pick in a jiffy.
Embrace all that is you
No matter your size, shape, the lines on your face or the projection of your beauty… you ARE gorgeous as you are. Leave comparisons aside and focus on you – ways you can upgrade yourself to be the best version of the fantastic creature you already are and strive towards a confident, healthy life.