Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and turn to diet to attain their ideal figure. While this certainly highlights the prevalence of body image issues in today’s society, but sometimes, certain events can leave us feeling insecure about our bodies, such as a breakup. From logging out of social media to find a fulfilling and active hobby, here are just a few simple ways you can gain back your confidence.
Logging out for the better
Unrealistic body expectations are portrayed through social media photos all the time. Scrolling through edited or photoshopped photos can be quite discouraging and damaging to your self-esteem — especially during a vulnerable time like right after a breakup. However, you don’t have to see this content if you don’t want to. By simply editing your feed (by blocking or unfollowing triggering accounts), you can curate your social media experience in a way that inspires you. On the other hand, logging out of accounts like Instagram altogether can allow you to put such unrealistic expectations out of sight and out of mind, thus allowing you to focus on yourself and your body without feeling any pressure at all.
Working towards a healthier routine
While logging out of social media can be a great thing following a breakup, taking action and getting into a healthy routine will allow you to physically take care of yourself through both diet and exercise, making it a fantastic way to care for your body and feel good about it too. For example, instead of skipping breakfast altogether, getting into the habit of making your favorite fruit smoothie or sitting down to enjoy a filling, healthy meal in the morning will not only set the stage for a positive day in general but will boost your mood and contribute to a healthier body at the same time.
While working out at the gym is a wonderful way to meet your body goals, going to the same place every day can get boring. Plus you may not want to be around others right after a breakup. Instead, doing some soul searching and finding an active hobby that speaks to you can be just as fulfilling in reaching your body goals and lifting your mood. This is especially true should you choose to do so in nature, which is known to help boost mental health. Whether you choose jogging, hiking, yoga, or something else entirely, an active hobby will allow you to feel more grounded, help you to heal, and give you an outlet for all of the stress and uncomfortable feelings you may have following a breakup.
Spreading the message
Throughout the process of getting into a healthier lifestyle routine and building back your own body confidence, spreading the message by supporting friends that may be going through a stressful time in their own relationships can also be a worthwhile thing to do, especially if you know of something that would have helped you and your ex in the past. Taking the time to do positive acts for others is also an easy way to boost your confidence and self-esteem. If outside stress is affecting a friend’s relationship, for example, help them to purchase a meaningful gift to ease stress and strengthen their bond, such as a relaxing hammock or back massager, which can be used on a weekend away together to focus on progressing the relationship to a more positive place.
Going through any breakup can be tough. It can take a toll on your self-esteem and how you feel about your body. Therefore, taking the time to work on yourself, logging out of your social media accounts, and finding a meaningful hobby can have a positive effect on both your health and your confidence.