As we enter warmer weather, that means one thing: the swimming pools are now open for business all summer long. One of the biggest issues most people have with this is that they feel they aren’t in any type of shape to be wearing a swim suit at all during their summer break. While you may not feel like you should be allowed at the pool, I’m here to help you gain confidence when you decide to go out to the pool and know that you are going to rock it, regardless of what you think people say. Here are 5 easy tips to make you the most confident one out there. Heck, you don’t see celebrities trying to cover up their flaws when they are at the beach. As a matter of fact, that is what the tabloids try to capture every time they write a story about someone famous.
Don’t be so critical. We are always our harshest critic, no matter what it is. But when it comes to our own bodies, we are always the toughest. But just like any other muscle, the brain can learn to avoid those negative thoughts and increase your positivity when it comes to your body. Any time you feel like a negative thought is going to creep in your mind, simply force yourself to come up with a positive instead.
Learn to take a compliment. Just because somebody says something about you, regardless of what they meant by it, take the compliments for what they are. Someone is commenting you for how you look, and if it is in a positive light, you should be confident and proud of that fact. And if it is something negative, don’t let it upset you. Like water on a duck’s back, just let it roll off.
Move regularly to improve self confidence and mobility. I’m not saying that you have to be in the gym for hours on in each day trying to get that “beach body”, but I am suggesting that you do something on a regular basis that is going to give you energy and make you feel good about yourself. Instead of going to a bootcamp, go for a walk in the park or on a relaxing hike to not only clear your mind, but help you gain confidence.
Honor your strengths. Instead of gauging yourself to Hollywood’s celebrities, find something that is unique to you and makes you different from everybody else. Don’t let the media dictate what is “beautiful”. Instead, remove yourself from that conversation and find your own beauty.
Forget about the rest. Like the saying goes, “it’s not about the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.” This is a true statement and a guideline to help all of us, especially when it comes to bikini season. You have a greater sense of well-being because of the quality of our experiences. Always focus on that moment in time; who you are with, what you are doing, etc. and you will have not only a less stressful life, but more confidence in yourself.