No matter what size you are, significant weight gain can be particularly difficult if you’re still learning to love yourself. Maybe for some the idea of gaining weight doesn’t bother them but for me, I really struggle – which is crazy because I try to be as body positive as possible.
At the moment, I am the heaviest I have ever been and I’m struggling to cope with the way my body has changed. My stomach is a lot larger than I’m used to and my double chin has grown a lot, which I really notice in photos. Given these changes to my body, I find myself in a constant battle between wanting to love the way I look but also feeling uncomfortable in the way my body has changed. However, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way.
While I’m still torn between learning to love my new body and working towards getting back to my most comfortable weight, here are three ways you can feel more confident in your body while you’re stuck in that in-between phase.
- Step away from social media. Scrolling through Instagram can be extremely bad for your body image – depending on who you follow. It’s important to remember that social media isn’t reality and most of the photos you see have been edited in some kind of way. As a result, you should never compare yourself to the people you follow. Keep away from social media if you’re having a bad day and find a positive outlet that will improve your body confidence.
- Take a moment to pamper yourself. Showing your body some love physically is a great way to help you feel confident in your new body. There’s no need to splash out on spa days (unless you want to). I like to start with some simple pampering rituals every day such as exfoliating and moisturising my face, painting my nails or tanning my legs. With that added extra bit of self-care, I start to feel better about the way I look.
- Remind yourself of all the things your body allows you to do. If you look in the mirror and start thinking about all the things you hate about your body, it’s time to start changing your mindset. While it’s easier said than done, you should acknowledge all of the cool things your body does for you. You may think your body is the enemy but it is actual our friend. It allows us to breathe, walk, talk, dance…