Recently, I began writing a post that touched on weight, insecurities, self esteem, beauty, and self love… That post turned out to be a lot more difficult than I thought for me to write.
It all started with me looking at some photographs of myself… I had seen how much weight I had gained and how I felt like I looked like a completely different person. I noticed all of my facial flaws like acne, scars, and my chubby chin and cheeks…
I got really saddened and started to think really mean and upsetting things about myself. My insecurities blew up and made me very discouraged.
As I was writing that post, I started crying and couldn’t really put together my thoughts…
I decided that I wasn’t ready to focus on the negative and deep emotions of that topic, so I decided to pray on that more and write about the little things I do to make me happy and feel beautiful.
Some of these things may seem silly (and they are) but they do actually make me feel better sometimes when I’m feeling a little down about my insecurities and body image… here they are:
1. I read encouraging scripture.
The number one thing that I hold true to my heart and soul is that I am created in Gods image! (Genesis 1:27) I go back to the only thing that can ever truly heal me and make me feel better, and that’s the fact that Jesus loves me and pursues me daily. He loves me so much that he took my punishment and my well deserved death. He sees nothing but love and beauty when he looks at me.
Some of my favorite verses to lift me up in times of insecurity are:
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;
I Peter 3:3-4 NKJV
Psalms 139:14 NKJV
The Song of Solomon 4:7 ESV
There are so many more verses that can encourage and show God’s love for you, these are just a few to scratch the surface!
2. Take a hot shower and shave!
The whole shaving part sounds a little silly, but for some reason, I always feel great after I do so! I think most women can attest to the truth that shaving makes you feel good.
3. Paint your nails!
There is something so soothing and relaxing for me when I paint my nails. And fir some reason, I instantly feel more feminine and pretty when I have color on my nails! The only downfall to painting your nails is waiting for them to dry…
[these nails and this nail polish aren’t mine, but I wish they were. Image is from Pinterest Live, love, polish]
4. Workout or go for a walk
There’s no better way to feel better about yourself than to know you are taking care of yourself! I like to go for walks in the evening after work if I don’t go to the gym.
(Still working on being consistent with going to the gym 5x week)
5. Do your favorite hobby/passion
For me, it’s writing! So I’ll write and journal and that really helps me to release any negative emotions that I’m bottling up inside.
My goal is to stop living in the past (I.e. Looking at old photos of my veld when I was more fit, remembering how I used to be, etc) and focus on what I can do to better myself and do it for the RIGHT REASONS.
What do you do to cheer yourself up or motivate yourself to do/be better??
What do you do to to remember that you are beautiful and there’s no need to be pressured about your appearance??
I hope you all know that you can always share your heart with me and that if you’re struggling with body image, insecurities, and self love, you are not alone! You are beautiful, worthy, and special!! ❤️