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Body Love... it's an art you can develop!

While the world is in chaos it's even more important than usual to practice some BODY LOVE.

We're shown daily how very precious our normal life really is.  And instead of worrying about what we're missing most of us are appreciating how lucky we are to be safe with a roof over our heads, food to eat and fresh air to breathe.

Life is for living, no more waiting to lose weight, get your teeth fixed or afford a new wardrobe.

Decide to practice some body love TODAY because life is getting back to normal!

Try some positive thinking, a little exercise or just feeding yourself better - you can't go forward offering love to others until you can love and take good care of yourself.

When you feel good about the person you are and the body you're living in then positive things will come again.

Body Love takes energy and good health...

You need to be fit and well in your body as well as your attitude of mind. Looking after yourself requires you...

  • to maintain your body with good nutrition
  • your body gets plenty of rest and sleep
  • you get a modicum of exercise and fresh air
  • if you're worried about health issues get yourself checked - you can put your mind at rest or accept help

Then you're ready to move forward in a positive direction.

Facing the world with Body Love needs a plan...

And now that you've decided to treat your body with LOVE  it's time to take a step forward.

Not feeling quite as brave as you'd like to be? You may think you're the only one, but most people have feelings of insecurity at times. Adopt a few techniques so that you appear more outwardly in control of any situation even if, initially, you're not feeling it inside. You'll discover how to boost your confidence in other ways too as you develop more trust and respect in yourself.

Smile! It could make you happy! 

1   What makes you feel good?

Body image in women is often linked with how we look! OK, that may sound flippant - but when you look good you do feel good.  Decide how to boost your confidence today and what it is that helps you to feel good about yourself. Do you like your hair to look good, do you like to feel that your makeup is right, is it something to do with being smart or casual? Do you like to wear color or feel safe in black? Whatever it is, it’s personal to you so play up to it, make yourself feel as good as you can. This is an important day!!

Start Today: Whatever it is that makes you feel good - make it easier! Clean out your makeup bag so you're prepared for the day. OK your hair is clean but decide to get a good cut as soon as you can. Do your nails need attention - clean and neat will do - but if you like polish, then today's the day!

2   Hold your head high

Walk tall and purposefully, you don't need to rush! Stand up straight and face the world head on. Don't look down when you're walking and don't slouch - you will immediately look and feel taller. You'll also look as though you're completely in control.

Posture is something that's easily improved with practice both walking and sitting. Holding your chin up high makes you appear determined and positive.

Start Today: Sitting down now? Pull yourself up and straighten your back - you'll feel the difference instantly and others will notice the difference.

Many of us walk by transferring our weight from one hip to the other. Hold your head high with a straight back and you'll walk straighter coming up on your hips rather than slouching from side to side.

3   Face the world with a Smile!

There is no substitute for a bright smile. If you've ever been out for a walk with a dog or a baby - everyone smiles at you and says hello very easily. It’s a great feeling! If that doesn’t happen when you’re alone, why don’t you be the one who makes it happen?

Start Today: How to boost your confidence quickly today? Decide that you will hold your head up and smile at the first three people you meet and say Hi or Good Morning! The smile you receive back will be well worth the effort. If you don't have a confident smile and good teeth, then make a dental appointment. An attractive smile will have a strong positive effect on your self esteem.

4   Adopt a positive attitude

Decide that you are going to develop the attitude and positive body image you want and begin to concentrate only on positive things around you. Your cup can be half full just as easily as half empty. Start to look for the good in others and ignore the things that annoy you.

Start Today: Body image in women can be greatly affected by small actions. So today find something good to say to others. Start by offering a compliment to someone else; praise someone’s efforts however small; appreciate a small kindness; see how much pleasure you can give to others and you'll be surprised how good that makes you feel!

5   Look people in the eye

You're probably in contact with lots of people every day, at the store or the garage, and never think about how you behave. In a different situation though you might feel more in the spotlight and consequently nervous. If you look people in the eye and speak slowly you will look and sound perfectly cool.   

Start Today: Try it with the waitress when you're having a coffee, or at the filling station - look them in the eye and smile as you say thank you. You'll be pleased to see their response and you'll feel better in yourself.

6   Don't let anyone put you down

If you're lucky enough to have been praised continually as a child you have grown up with a good helping of self esteem. However, life sometimes throws us a curved ball and things aren't always perfect. If people put you down, be aware that only weak and insecure people behave in that way as they need to feel in control. You don't need people like that around you. A confident person may offer advice but would never belittle you.

Start Today: Surround yourself with only positive people. If you encounter negatives, you don't have to accept them, say thank you and turn away. You will happily discover how to boost your confidence by mixing and interacting with positive and genuine people.  

7   Make new resolutions

Make a promise to yourself that you will establish new routines and pamper yourself more. Trust yourself to carry the actions through and believe in yourself as you learn how to boost your confidence. 

'This is the first day of the rest of your life'! I've had to say that to myself so many times over the years. It doesn't have to be New Year, the first day of the month or even the first day of the week. You can begin anew at any time. Start today, and by tomorrow you'll have accomplished something! 

Start Today: if you haven’t already started on your Makeover journey, why not start by looking at the questions at What's My Style and start to plan your way forward.

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