Self-image is the center-most attribute that sets every aspect of our lives in motion. A positive self image is crucial if we are to live and enjoy life to the fullest. Some experts have linked poor self image, to childhood experiences such as neglect, physical abuse and prolonged separation from parent figures. Whatever its cause, low self image is detrimental to your overall health and it often spirals into a mental disorder.
Research has revealed that people with low self esteem and confidence, have a distorted view of the world around them. They visualize themselves as victims in a ferocious and hostile world. This explains why they feel out-of-place, reluctant and laid back thereby missing out on opportunities and experiences in life. Poor self-image is self destructive because it sets you on a downward spiral lowering your esteem further and further.
However, every cloud has a silver lining. There are a number of things that you can do in order to boost your confidence and self image. These practices will enable you to break away from the vicious cycle of self destruction and start living in a constructive manner. Without knowing, you could be doing these things as part of your daily routine. It is nevertheless important that you undertake them deliberately and consciously.
This is arguably the first and most effective step that will set you on a positive path. Here, you need to make separate lists where you put down your achievements, strengths and the things that you love about yourself. You need to be very honest with yourself and if possible, have an accountability partner to help you in this. This analysis will help shed light on the positive you’.
There is tremendous power in positive thinking. It brings about a fountain’ that bubbles with positive energy. By constantly reminding yourself of how special, unique and valuable you are despite your problems; you are building a buffer that will cushion you from the negativity that life brings along with it. At the same time, you need to isolate and challenge and negative feelings that you may have towards yourself.
Work on your personal hygiene
It may sound obvious but personal hygiene plays a very integral role in improving self image. When you look your best, you tend to be more confident. There is a part of you that longs for acceptance and this can enhance your self-image.
Exercise does two things to you; it tones your body and levels your emotions. These two aspects are very important in building a positive self image. How you look physically can either lift your spirits or bring them down. Also some undesirable emotions and negative feelings get diffused during exercise leaving you feeling fresh and less burdened. According to experts, the exercises need to be vigorous and frequent (thrice a week).
At times we look down upon ourselves because of stress. When the winds of life blow against us, we tend to lose both our calm and our confidence. This happens mostly in instances where we feel that we could have done better. Learning how to manage this stress either through counseling or just talking to a friend can mean so much to us. Psychiatrists usually have stress management therapies that combine exercises, meditation and counseling to help you construct a positive self image.
Steer clear of negative company
The people you hang around with can either build or destroy your confidence and self image. You need to surround yourself with positive people that help in bringing the best out of you. Just like an electric charge, positivity can be transmitted and the moment it gets into your system, you will begin to realize and appreciate your self-worth.
Express yourself through activities
By engaging in activities such as music, poetry and dance, you will get an opportunity to express yourself. Self-expression and positive interpersonal interactions go a long way in enhancing your confidence. They create an authority around you that commands respect from others.
The benefits that accrue to an individual as a result a positive self image cannot be over-emphasized. Building and continuously improving your confidence and self image is thus a noble path that you should purpose to follow.