All jokes aside, according to research gurus at The Guardian, plastic surgery procedures are rising on average 16% per year. With a whopping one of five in these operations been affected by complications, it's seriously disturbing! After all, I'd rather have a small chest than a botched chest.
Ok, so I'm not exactly the Mother Teresa of body image, but I do think it's time that we stopped the self hatred and accepted ourselves for who we are; and that's sexy, independent women!
Let's bring on the self love!
Ok... so the other day I logged onto Twitter. 'Ah one new follower'. Oh. My face dropped. 'Ugly people quotes'. I laughed it off, realizing that if I had read that a year or two ago, it would have really affected me.
I owe a lot to both traveling and my blog. Together, alongside some other self help techniques, I have found myself accepting my physical appearance, despite, in the past, considering both lip injections and a nose job.
Now I can look in the mirror without wanting to pelt it with bricks. **Getting totes emosh remembering the self-conscious 16 year old me**
Honestly, what is the point of this self hatred? Why would we look in the mirror and internally scream 'thunder thighs' at ourselves when we wouldn't dream of doing it to anyone else?
It's time to stop bullying ourselves...
Learn To Accept Compliments
When was the last time you gladly accepted a compliment? Is it just me, or do women always seem to answer back a compliment with some critical quip about themselves?
According to psychology.com this could have been drilled into us by cultural expectations and standards. We don't want to be seen as 'narcissistic', so we have learnt to reply to these positive comments by putting ourselves down.
Next time you receive a compliment, take it! You deserve it girl! Even better, send a compliment back the other way and make someone else feel great too!
Think of Them as 'Flaws' Not Flaws
Ok, your cellulite is not a flaw it's a **does huge dramatic quotation mark** 'flaw'. It has not been proven as a flaw in any way medically. Does it effect your health? No-sir-ee! That cellulite is totally in your head, chances are, people around you won't have even noticed it.
Instead of thinking of that little bit you would change as a flaw, think of it as something that is merely your perception of yourself: it IS NOT something physical. Then separate yourself from that perception completely, write it on a piece of paper and burn it.
Practice Self Love
Despite this title seeming a little bit, erm, seedy... this type of self-love is where you concentrate on the parts of yourself that you do love. Got wash board abs- flaunt em! Doe eyes? Concentrate on them next time you find yourself glancing into a mirror.
Holistic therapists also swear by the 'I love you' approach. As bizarre as it sounds, looking in the mirror and saying 'I love you' to yourself each and every day has proved to significantly improve self esteem. Free self-esteem improvement? Sign us up!
Your Opinion on YOU Is All That Matters
I remember when I was back in University, a total **insert appropriate swear word** of a guy told me I had the ugliest smile he'd ever seen. It got to me, and, you may have noticed, I never show a teeth smile on my blog photos.
You know what... there!
My point is that we shouldn't let other peoples opinions affect us so much. I know it's hard, but we are the only people that we spend our entire lives with. Would you rather be friends with that person or enemies?
We may all want to look like Candice Swanepoel. But can you imagine how boring the world would be if we did? It would look like a scene from minions, and hey: who wants to be a minion?
Although society puts this immense pressure on young women to look like this stereotypical image of beauty', it is only our perception of ourselves that can take this pressure away.
Can you honestly say that Leah Michele would be as beautiful if she had a nose job? Or that Rebel Wilson would be more charismatic if she lost weight? NO WAY!
All we can do is be the best and most beautiful versions of ourselves. Exercise, embrace your own personal sense of style and be kind and loving to those around you.
It's time for generation acceptance. Are you in?
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