This past month I have seen a lot of talk about body image and how our online presence can leave us feeling inadequate and in turn affects our happiness in the long term. I find it only natural for us to compare and most of the time it's done in a very innocent way and can even boost us to strive for more. Most days I find images that I see on Instagram inspiring, making me work harder and pushing myself to produce better images. But sometimes, the online world can make you feel less than perfect and this can affect even the most outgoing of people. I am in no way the most confident person, in fact I have struggled with a lack of self confidence for years stemming from when I wore braces and thick lens glasses.
I wanted to share with you guys how I've been feeling lately about my own body and show that even though people may look their most confident on Instagram, they have shitty days where nothing looks good and they feel terrible about themselves.
On the whole, I am a positive person with a positive outlook on life but I also have my off days where my self-confidence is lacking. I had one of those moments while trying on clothes in & Other Stories last week. I caught a glimpse of my legs in the mirror and didn't like what I saw. My body hang up has always been the tops of legs. I have never liked them and actually felt fine about my body until someone said to me 'Oh you have a pear-shaped body' and since then all I see are wide hips and chunky thighs when all I ever wish is to have slim and toned legs.
In a none creepy way, I always check out other girls legs and admire girls on Instagram who have slim toned pins. Instagram has made me more body-conscious, letting me get carried away with looking at people's 'perfect' feeds, body and life. It's so easy to get stuck into an Instagram comparison game and once that happens I have to put my phone down and remind myself it is just a selection of highlighted moments in someone's life.
We have to remember that we are more than our feeds and that Instagram is a filtered photo taken from our best angle. Happiness and acceptance of our bodies come from having a positive outlook on life and not letting the negative thoughts rule our head. The changing room thing was just a moment of lack of confidence in my body. When in fact if I had a little bit of fake tan and better lighting I would feel so much better about myself.
I hope this has helped anyone else feeling the pressure from the perfect Instagram feeds and to love your body no matter what shape or size!
P.S. our online presence is just 5% of what our daily lives actually are! Nobody actually looks that good 100% of the time.
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