One thing that I have discovered within myself is that I easily jump at any insecurity I have. My stomach, arms, nose, my skin, feet, etc. You are your toughest critic and as a woman, it's very hard to turn negative thoughts into positive ones when talking about our bodies.
There is always someone that is prettier, smarter, more talented, caring, generous, better, friendlier, you name it. There is always going to be someone that is better than you, in your own eyes and you can't help but chase that person you want to be.
What I feel like us women forget is that we are individually wonderful and together powerful. It is good to set goals and make efforts to reach them, but it is hard to move on from the negative thoughts and wanting to be someone that isn't yourself. Bottom line, it is hard to love yourself for what you are.
But that doesn't mean you can't ever feel positive about yourself!! It's honestly so simple.
I just recently learned a few simple ways to start incorporating positive talk and thoughts into everyday life. It's easy to stand in front of the mirror, look at yourself and think about all the things you want to change. I personally that really fair skin, due to my Irish heritage, but I have never liked my fair skin and have been picked on about it. However, I do have freckles and if I wasn't fair skinned, I probably wouldn't have freckles.
It's very easy to hate something about yourself and while you can still feel that way, you need to give yourself and body more credit. Remember with every negative thought, you should give yourself a compliment. That's the easiest way to start thinking more positively.
Another easy way to promote positive thinking is to write yourself post-it notes and put them on your mirror so you can see them every morning. I know this sounds kind of dumb, but I guarantee you it'll make you feel good at the very start of your day. Don't use basic sentences like "You're beautiful." Pick something specific to you that you love like "You have flawless skin, your morning routine is working."
It really is this simple to start promoting positive body image within yourself.
People will always think what they want to, but the way you think and feel about yourself is the most important. Once you can learn to love yourself for the way you are and for the person you will become, it'll be that much easier to turn off that little voice in your head that is always telling you otherwise.