What would you change about your body?
I recently came across a beautiful video which posed this single question – and it got me thinking.
If someone asked me that question prior to me watching the video, my honest and immediate answer would be, “I would love to be taller”.
For some reason, I’ve always felt that tall = attractive.
But after watching that video, I’m reevaluating my answer.
What would yours be?
Don’t overthink it, just say the first thing that comes to mind.
In the video, both adults and kids were asked this question. The answers from the adults were pretty straight up, but can you guess what the response from the kids were?
I won’t give too much away, but one kid wanted a shark mouth.
Yes, shark mouth.
Watch the video below.
I noticed that there was a stark difference between the responses of the adults and the kids. Most of the kids didn’t want to change a single thing about themselves.
That is when it all came together for me.
One thing I learned through this video, and will always be a great reminder, is so many of us need to feel comfortable in our own skin. We should honor ourselves. Celebrate every inch of our body. That’s what makes us who we are.
Everyone in the video was beautiful to me, so why could I not appreciate my own unique beauty?
In our adult every day life we continuously receive messages telling us what’s wrong with us and what we need to do to improve ourselves. How to be thinner, healthier, cooler, smarter. It’s easy to feel intimidated by all the “better” people out there, the ones who seem to “have it all” and but as a result (and without realising it), we end up unhappy with ourselves.
We need to realize that the most powerful thing we have in our own lives is ourselves. Everything starts at this core. We are potential beings and possibilities are what we make it out to be.
To strengthen this core, we need to release any self-doubt, and get comfortable in our own skin (after all, we’re stuck with it for the rest of our lives).
But how do you do that? Here are some tips which helped me:
1. Make a list of your assets and celebrate them. We all have at least one – maybe it’s your hair, your smile, your big almond eyes, your laugh. Whatever those assets are, identify them and appreciate them.
2. Do something nice for you. This could be a massage, warm bath, nice walk, or a big glass or water. Something you know will help your body and nourish it in some way. When you give back to your body, you feel all nice.
3. Embrace your “dark side”. We all have things we don’t like about ourselves but that doesn’t mean other people see it the same way. Sometimes what you don’t like about yourself is what it makes you unique. Remember that light makes everything brighter. So look for those qualities you hide away and shine on it. Celebrate what makes you, you!
4. Have fun. Sometimes we take ourselves so seriously. Lighten up – the only person who has the power to make something a big deal for you is yourself.
5. See the light in others. When we’re critical of ourselves, we’re most likely to also be critical of others. Perhaps start by seeing the bright side in everyone. When you notice yourself letting go of other people’s flaws, this will also help you be release your own. You will start to feel kinder and happier.
Are you comfortable in your own skin? Share your thoughts with us!