Dr Chee Yew Wen mentioned that the struggle with body image and social pressure are more common than you think. With the rise of social media, the digital landscape has created a form pressure for some. Looking through updates from your social media platforms can sometimes make you feel like your life is not on par as the rest. You are constantly comparing yourself to the rest of the world and feel like you’re never good enough. These are the little thoughts that can make you feel uncomfortable being in your own skin because you let others dictate your life instead of taking control yourself. Dr Chee suggested some ways to help you feel good in your own skin and rebuild your confidence and self-esteem.
While some people are naturally positive and optimistic, there are also some who are quite the opposite. Thinking negatively has more impact in your life than you think because you’re assuming the worst in every situation which can alter your mood and action. For every negative thought that comes into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. Practice positive thinking by replacing them with the negative ones by thinking of the best possible outcome. Imagine you’re now at a social event not knowing many people and you’re worried that you will be hanging out alone throughout the night. Instead of thinking you will be left alone, why not tell yourself it will be a great chance to meet new people and establish new connections? While it will take some time for change to take effect, constant practice will lead you to a happier self.
Everyone is different and unique in your own way. Accept yourself for who you are and feel comfortable with the way you look, sound and react. It sounds easy when said but figuring out yourself do take some time. Focus your energy on doing what you enjoy as you get to know yourself and feel happy and contented. If you’re unhappy with your current situation, set a goal and target and work towards it. Plan out the steps to be taken to achieve it. Start practicing self-love by pampering and taking care of your body by getting enough sleep daily and consume the daily nutrients and vitamins it needs. Practicing gratitude in the morning first thing you wake up in the morning, reminding yourself the things you are grateful for before you start the day. All these little steps will gradually turn you into someone happier and positive.
It may take some time for you to feel confident about yourself but you can first build up your confidence level by dressing well. Grooming and confidence come hand in hand, by looking and showing up in your best self is a battle half won. Self-image is important because it is how you see yourself to be and how people think of you. By projecting a positive vibe and attitude, you will be able to influence the people around you as they respond to either how positively or negatively you view certain subject and how confident you are. Empower yourself with knowledge by attending or signing up for a new class that can value add to your life or read a new book and search up the net to gain new knowledge. Always be prepared because being caught unprepared will usually set you off in a panic mode and your confidence level will drop if you do not know what to expect. If you’re heading for an interview, practice what you want to say in front of the mirror and observe your body posture and speech and improve on it. Are you slouching or sitting upright? Your body language can tell someone how confident you are. You should also start to kick off your bad habits and start working on projects that you have been procrastinating. Being able to achieve the goals you have set for yourself will make you feel motivated and strive even harder. Last of all, always remember to smile. You will be able to feel a shift in mood almost instantly.