Here are three ideas to help you on the road to becoming your own biggest cheerleader and champion. I’ll post even more ideas in the coming weeks.
1. Educate Yourself. Read books that deal with esteem, women’s issues, and the media. Dive into memoirs written by women. They will help you to see the complexities that exist in everyone’s life and give you perspective and insight into your own life. Visit web-sites that offer resources and education. Keep learning. The more you know, the more you are able to handle what life hands you. The more prepared you are for life, the more confident you feel.
2. Talk it out. If something is really pressing into you, talk to a trusted friend or family member or go to a counselor. Counseling is often one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Once you talk to someone, the anxiety and fear that you were feeling often dissipates, leaving you with the energy to proactively address the issue.
3. Take care of yourself. Schedule your regular doctors’ appointments, move your body, eat well. If you want initial guidance on how to do these things right, make an appointment with a nutritionist and set-up a “how to” with a personal trainer. These information sessions can give you the confidence you need to keep going. And one more thing… schedule a massage. A study done by the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute revealed that a 30 minute massage every other week boosts overall body satisfaction, no matter your shape or size.