Body Image? Focus on the Bigger Picture

Does anyone else find that living up to current female requirements is impossible? We are continually being told we need to be thinner, have longer legs, a slimmer waist, a perfectly rounded bottom, no cellulite, no stretch marks, and perfectly proportioned “perky” breasts.

Have I finished? Well no, there’s also the right hair colour and society acceptable style, big eyes (in the right colour too), the perfectly proportioned nose and ears lobes, super pouty lips and a wrinkle-free, yet slim face, OMG the list goes on and on.

On top of this, women are expected to run families, go to work, have top careers and of cause all for a lower salary than our male counterparts.

Honestly, how many days leave us disappointed with what we see in the mirror and what we have failed to accomplish during the day? We beat ourselves up for what we have eaten during that day, or the exercise that we haven’t done.

If you manage to grab a day off work, or heaven forbid a holiday, you are trying to juggle the opposing guilt of not spending enough time with the family and being off work. The result, you turn into the annoying individual by the pool trying to juggle laptop, mobile phone, while trying to be happy that at least the kids and your husband are having fun throwing themselves in and out of the pool. You are hiding behind large sunglasses, wearing the most glamorous cover-up you can find, because yes you have no body confidence.

Just how much money and time do we spend, trying to fix ourselves? The amount for a decent few holidays a year, I bet.

Does Anyone Else find these Impossible Standards Exhausting?

Well, I am calling time on it. Here’s an idea. Why not focus on the good things about today? What fun things have happened? Remember fun? Yes, people do have it. Leave work on time, or maybe a little early and switch off your mobile phone and laptop. Book something in to look forward to, something that you will not have to wait months to experience too.

Have some happy, family time, reconnect with the people who mean the most to you. Stop trying to live up to other people’s standards, who don’t care anyway. Surround yourself with people who motivate and uplift you.  You are now creating positive memories and not a list of daily failures.

Feels good doesn’t it?

 

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