Earlier this month I uploaded a heartfelt Instagram post talking about how blogging has helped boost my body confidence. It seems that what I said resonated with a number of my followers so I thought I’d expand a little more on the topic over here. I’ve not written much personal content on iambecca.com so it’s a brave new world for me. Let’s begin…
I don’t know many people that can hold their hand up and say they’re completely comfortable in their own skin. I’m certainly not one of them. In a time when social media is at its most popular, it’s become easier than ever to have a warped perception of what is perfect. It’s amazing, how the social media landscape has evolved over time. With a click of a button and some simple editing tools, a completely different persona can be projected to the world. It’s quite scary really!
This quest for perfection is nothing new as you know, but all this content is more readily available on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social channels. This accessibility can lead us to compare ourselves to others and sometimes to wish we could be something different, physically. Many of us, myself included have that annoying, negative self-talk voice in our head. It was relentless in my teens and for a few years, I had an unhealthy relationship with food. In terms of my own experience back then, I wished for the usual things, longer legs, a smaller butt, and bigger boobs – they still barely move when I run! For a long time, I didn’t feel particularly feminine. The anxiety it gave me was exhausting!
Google ‘Social Media and Body Image’ and there are reams upon reams of negative articles. Finding any positivity from this topic is like a needle in a haystack! Whilst, many view social media as having a negative impact on body image (and yes it can, I’ve read the articles) it has also helped to boost my body confidence. Does this surprise you? Because it suprised me.
Pre-blog I definitely wouldn’t have had the confidence to have my picture taken, especially one like this where for me I think I’m showing a whole lotta leg! Having a social media presence (which was a leap of faith in itself) has forced me to be kinder to myself, take risks and feel more empowered.
These days I try and focus my energy on the things I can control. Caring less about what people think and incorporating positive affirmations into my daily routine. Practicing self love, spending time with the people who have a positive influence on my life and make me feel good about who I am. It’s been hard to be kind to myself, it takes practice but I feel so much better for it, almost relieved.
Now, I could go on for days about this topic but I feel now is a good time to sum it all up from my perspective. Essentially, our bodies are more than our looks and we need to remind ourselves that there is no such thing as perfection. Ignore those who are critical (because those people will always be there) and be with those that love us for who we are.
It’s time to change the narrative and talk about how social media can also have a positive impact on body image. It’s helped me no end!