Okay, so I am the first person to sit here and say that I am no way shape or form happy with how my body looks. However, as I am getting older I am starting to understand that life isn’t about pleasing other people, but, in fact, pleasing yourself. I don’t know how many people out there struggle with their appearance like I do, but recently I have been feeling pretty low about it.
You may have stumbled onto this blog post because you wanted to read about someone with confidence, however, this is more to help me understand how to love myself and how to start taking care of myself both physically and mentally; and maybe I can help you too?
I have been dieting for as long as I can remember, and last year I managed to lose 4-stone in total which is such a great achievement. However, this year I have not been doing as well as I would have liked, mainly as life got in the way like trying to buy a house, I know…excuses, excuses! Anyway, I ended up putting a stone on, and well, I feel massive.
However, I am picking myself up and dusting myself off and I want to reach my goal by the end of next year ( 3 -stone to go)!
I am losing weight for myself, no-one else – and I think this is extremely important to remember if you are trying to do the same. No-one should tell you how you should look, and you should do whatever makes you happy, whether that is to lose weight or not.
Since entering my mid-20’s, my skin has been awful, I’m not sure if this down to falling off the wagon and stuffing my face with crisps and sugary snacks, but it has again, made me feel low. I think this is because I think people my age shouldn’t have bad skin; like surely that is a teenage thing?
Anyway, I stopped using a primer which I think was making me breakout, started wearing a Sudocreme facemask to sleep every night, invested in some better foundation, and started a good skincare routine and hopefully, this will help clear my skin.
It is funny how the smallest things can make you feel like the ugliest person in the world, but I think I have to remember to accept who I am and what I look like and just get over it.
I think self-love is something I massively struggle with, but I am going to try.
Due to our busy schedules, we often forget to have that much-needed “me time”, but I think you should try and take out as much time out for yourself as you possibly can.
I work in an office, so I am constantly around people all day, and the only time I ever get to myself is usually in the car to and from work, then if my boyfriend is playing Xbox in the other room in the evening. I am very content with being on my own, and I don’t think that is a bad thing, and I never tend to feel lonely in that sense.
Whether you want to enjoy a long soak in the bath and enjoy some trashy TV show, or just take 5-minutes to take a few deep breathe and reflect, you should always enjoy some time to yourself.
This is defintiley something I am going to try and implement a lot more in my day-to-day life.
Why It Is Essential
The reason I think both of these points is essential is because life is hard! Whether it is your job, family, financial struggles or whatever, life can really be tough sometimes. I wouldn’t sit here and say that I suffer from mental health, but sometimes life and other things can really bring you down. So, by taking time out to care for yourself you can really change your mood, and hopefully, have a positive effect on your life as a whole.
This whole post probably sounds like absolute nonsense, but it is just how I am feeling at the moment! Do you have your own self-care routine or do you find it hard to love yourself? I would love some tips, so just comment below!