When your peers and sometimes, your closed ones such as your parents and relatives keep putting you down, always hounding you about how you look, you tend go into your shell. You never come out of that shell because you fear the same taunts being thrown at you by others. With time, you get comfortable in your shell so comfortable that you rather be an unknown face in the crowd.
We are going to pull you out of your shell whether you like it or not. You need to known amongst your family and friends, as the person who is confident. Once you come out of your hiding, you will have to face another battle, not with others, but yourself. Here is what you have to do:
1. Do Not Compare Yourself with Others
You wish you looked like that girl or boy in your gym class and the more you want to be him/her, the more you sink into your shell because you realize that you cannot be that person you envy. You need to be YOU! You do not realize that others may envy your hair or smile and if you know those are your best traits, highlight them instead of complaining about what you do not have.
2. Focus on What You Can Change About Yourself
People who go through the drastic measures such as undergoing the knife do not realize how beautiful they were before all of that surgery. What about the people who get obsessed about plastic surgery? They ruin their good looks. If you want a corrective procedure, go for it. If the procedure is to boost your self-esteem such as getting liposuction, do not go for it. Remember: You can control your weight! You can change your dressing style! You can change your hairstyle and color! Focus on the things you can change about yourself.
3. Love Yourself
Men and women need to take care of their face, nails, hair, and body. If you do not wash your face often and get outbreaks, purchase the right face wash, cleanser, and cream to take care of the first thing people see when they see you, your face. Go to gym people, work out at home, and eat healthy. There are so many ways to love yourself and we say to choose all!
4. Surround Yourself with Motivating People
If you surround yourself with people who constantly put you down, the minute you try to get out of the shell, they will shove you back in it. Cut ties with people who constantly tell you that you are ugly or fat or your hair looks like a nest. Instead, surround yourself with people who will help you change and motivate you to lead a healthier lifestyle.
In the end, it is up to you if you want to stay in the shell or break free from it.
A Selection of Self-Image Quotes
“Get Off The Scale!
You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.
Get off the scale!
I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile.
Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.
It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life.
You are beautiful!” ~ Steve Maraboli
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