Friday, 6 June 2014

Let's talk body confidence

Self-esteem is something of a touchy subject with me. I am the first to admit that I have
 very little of the stuff and lately I feel like I've been struggling with body confidence
 more than ever. I'm not writing about this to for a confidence boost or to gain attention, 
I am writing about this because I feel it is incredibly important.

When my confidence is at its lowest I regularly turn down invitations to see friends and choose
 instead sit within the comfort of my own home. I've come to realise recently that there is more
 to life than worrying about my appearance and I should be grabbing every opportunity to live
 life and spend time with my friends.

Self esteem is such a massive issue for both men and women and it is really important that people
 realise their true worth instead of undervaluing themselves all the time. After doing a bit of 
research I stumbled across the Dove Self Esteem Project. It is mostly aimed at young, teenage
 girls but I found the information on media and celebrity culture particularly interesting as I feel 
this is a huge problem within society. My job role means I am constantly working within
 the media and I become pretty influenced by this. As a result of spending hours
 trawling through social media pages I find myself constantly comparing my looks, job
 and wardrobe to girls I don't even know.

After avoiding social situations for a couple of weeks I got so upset that I decided enough
 is enough. I'm now focusing on enjoying myself and experiencing life, and I'm finding that
 great things are coming my way as a result. Hell, I just bagged myself a great marketing
 internship and if that isn't enough to give me a confidence boost I don't know what is.

If only one person reads this and is inspired to feel good about themselves then I will be
 glad I wrote it. You are beautiful!