If you look at images in the media, it often seems we’re all supposed to look a certain way. Plenty of people suffer from low self-esteem and a lack of confidence when it comes to their bodies, and they shouldn’t! If more people could embrace their looks and the way they are built, then the world would be a much happier place. So, what can you do to improve your own body confidence?

Embrace your ‘flaws’

When it comes to our bodies, there are no such things as ‘flaws’. Remember that you are utterly unique, and there is no one else on the planet who has a body like your own. Instead of fretting over too much fat, too many freckles, or not enough curves, stop and think that these things are what add to who you are. Everybody – even the most glamorous Hollywood A-listers – will have something they don’t like about their appearance, so learn to love those rough edges if you want to feel happier in your own skin.

Look in the mirror

It’s been scientifically proven that smiling at yourself lifts your mood, so take a good long look in the mirror every morning. As well as smiling, give yourself a little pep talk before you face the world. Tell yourself out loud that you are beautiful, that you’re looking great today and that you’ve got this. Seriously, it works! That little self-pick-me-up is a great way to make yourself feel good, and when you feel better, you look better too.

Ignore social media

This is easier said than done, but try not to obsess over social media. All social media platforms are a highly curated versions of other people’s lives and are almost always very, very far from the truth of their lived realities. When you see beautiful pictures of ‘perfect bodies’ and the wonderful things other people are up to, press pause and ask yourself how much of it might be staged. Keep in mind, those photos may have been edited, even if they look natural. Do your body confidence a favour and don’t believe your own eyes when you’re online!

Body confidence is all about embracing who you are as an individual and learning to accept that nobody in the world is perfect. We all worry about something when it comes to our looks, and we all have good days and bad days. Try to follow these three tips, however, and you could see your confidence get a well-deserved boost.