Looking for ways to feel comfortable in your swimsuit? I am here to tell you that it is possible and so important to your summer happiness. I know that it has been uncomfortable for me in the past, and with this being my first summer after having my fourth baby I am even more unsure than I was before. BUT…and I am not talking about my BUTT, well maybe, I know that my kids want me to be a part of their fun more than anything. They want me to be in the mix, enjoying the sun, the water, and most importantly making memeories.
Click HERE to enter the Love Your Body 2017 Giveaway –Including a swimsuit from Lime Ricki!
This summer I’m teaming up with some incredible women who also want to spread the message that you can have the summer of a lifetime in the body you have NOW. We are calling it Love Your Body 2017, and each one of these women is bringing their own unique perspective to help YOU love every minute of your summer – even the minutes spent in your swim suit! We are encouraging women everywhere to take the pledge this summer to Stop Worrying and Start Living! Check below for links to more great messages, and the chance to win THIS INCREDIBLE GIVEAWAY.
How to Feel Confident in Your Swim Suit This Summer:
1.Stop judging others. I have realized that checking everyone else out is not an innocent preoccupation. On the heels of my judgments comes an automatic internal comparison about where I fall in. Sometimes I come out ahead, and sometimes I don’t. But either way I lose, because whether I am inflated by a false sense of self-worth or disheartened because someone else looks better in her swimsuit, I am not present with the people I came to be with. Which leads me to number two…
- Be Present. This is the antidote to feeling insecure. When I find myself caught up in what other people might be thinking, I gently bring myself back to reality by concentrating on the warm sunshine, the fresh air, the cool water, and the squeals and laughter of my children. Those are the things that happiness is made of…not some fleeting sense of triumph (or despair) because I look better (or worse) than the other women at the pool.
- Be Grateful. There are only two choices: 1- I wish my body looked better, and 2- I am grateful for my body. Which do you pick?Don’t be fooled into thinking that your body can validate you or give you the confidence that you lack. Bodies can’t do that. What bodies can do is give you the ability to live life. Be grateful for all of the ways your body allows you to do just that. When I sense myself becoming critical of how my body doesn’t measure up to the media’s ideals, I remind myself to be grateful for the way it serves me. This is what it sounds like: “I am grateful that I am healthy. I am grateful that I have plenty of energy. I am grateful that I live pain-free. I am grateful that I can everything that I want to do…” and so on. Talk about a turnaround!
- Act As If. This is one of my favorites. Often we let our insecurities dictate what we will and won’t do. We might avoid the pool, summer clothing, or activities with our families that would bring joy and meaning to our life. What would you do if you felt confident and comfortable in your body? As you begin to be the kind of person you want to be, you might notice that the harsh prerequisite of having a perfect body or losing a certain amount of weight really is less significant than you thought. So ask yourself, what would you do this summer if you didn’t feel insecure about your body? Carpe diem, my friend. Life is short. Be the person you want to be; Do the things you want to do; create the memories you’ve always dreamed of, because chances are you’ll look back in ten years and wonder why you held yourself back.
- Get a New Swimsuit. It’s hard to feel confident when you are wearing an old, faded swimsuit or the one that you spent a lot of money on five years ago. Be kind to yourself and splurge on a really great new swimsuit, and maybe even a cover up and sandals. Get a pedicure while you’re at it! You’ll send a message to yourself that you are worth it. And once you are dressed in your new duds…let the criticism go. After all, you’re not on stage at a beauty pageant; you’re there to create memories with your family and friends.
And speaking of swimsuits, I want you to win one! Now through May 25, 2017 you have a chance to win over $600 in prizes in the Love Your Body 2017, including a new swimsuit from Lime Ricki. Lime Ricki fully supports and embraces the message to forget about how you look, concentrate on how you feel, and dive into your day at the beach, pool, or wherever you’re wearing your swimmer. Click HERE to learn how you can win an amazing Lime Ricki swimsuit – plus some other incredible prizes, including some of my organizing coaching, in the Love Your Body 2017 Giveaway.
Jenny Layton, The Happy Gal
Want more Body Image inspiration? Check out:
Tiffany from Feel Great in 8: How to Raise a Daughter with High Self-Esteem