Be Aware of When You Compare

Friday, November 30, 2012

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One of the keys to building a positive body image is to be aware of when —and to whom— you compare your body. Whether you compare yourself to your best friend, a stranger in a store, a woman in a magazine, or to your 20-something self, it can be tough to see your own beauty when you’re focused on others.

People often think “if I just looked like her” or “if I just was more like my old self,” I would feel better and others would give me more attention. Remember that one of the most attractive things to others is self-confidence. And self-confidence comes from being proud of who you are no matter what shape or size you are.

Being aware of when you compare yourself is an important part of creating a more positive body image. Another important step is to be kind to, not critical of, yourself. Quieting those judgments starts with you!

Try this! 
Think about a recent time when you felt bad about how you look:
  • Who did you compare yourself to?
  • What feature of the other person or your younger self were you wishing for?
  • What do you think you would get from looking different?

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