Building up my body confidence
Body confidence is always something I’ve struggled with, and so I’m actively working on ways to feel better about myself, both mentally and physically.
Going through pregnancy and childbirth obviously changes your body in so many ways. I actually really loved my pregnancy body (for the most part, the last month or so…not so much!) but the post-partum body…not so much. Everyone would tell me that it would take time to get back to pre-baby weight, that my body had been through a lot, and while I knew this was the case, I struggled to feel good about myself. I read a post by Maisie about how she is building up her body confidence, which I really related to, and so I also wanted to share a few things I’m doing to help myself build up my body confidence…
An obvious one, but exercise is a big thing. With a young toddler who takes up the majority of my time and energy, as well as a full-time job, I struggle to go to the gym or to get out for a run as often as I’d like, so I’ve been finding ways to make time to exercise. Sam kindly gave me his Fitbit, and I take getting my 10,000 steps a day very seriously. It’s amazing how many steps you do when you’re chasing a toddler around! I’ve bought a yoga mat and I’ve been doing yoga sessions and home workouts using YouTube which fits in nicely once Dougie is in bed. I did the London marathon last year, and fell out of love with running after that, but I’m going to make the effort to run at least once a week.
I mentioned in an update post that I’ve become a vegetarian, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m trying to make vegan choices where I can, and I’m definitely feeling healthier for it. While I still need to curb my sweet tooth, I’m loving creating new meals and trying new dishes. Amanda’s recipes are some of my favourites.
This might sound like an odd one, but for me it’s actually been really helpful. From the first year or so of Dougie’s life, there aren’t that many photos of me, other than selfies, I just hated seeing pictures of myself. In part, I think it’s been since blogging more, and putting effort into Instagram etc, I’ve wanted to be in more photos. I love having photos with Dougie that aren’t just selfies, and I’ve even been brave enough to ask friends like Abbey and Corinne (who took the photos for this post!) to take some photos of me, and you know what? I actually quite like them! Putting myself into situations that are outside my comfort zone, such as twirling around on London streets, still makes me very nervous but it gets easier each time, and is a nice little confidence boost.
Body confidence isn’t just about the physical body and shape. I’ve been making time for reading, which helps me sleep better, and in turn I feel better and more energised. Until a certain toddler starts shouting “MAMAMAMAMA” at 5am…
My skin has been awful recently, really dry and horrible, so I’ve been trying out a new face mask (The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea mask) along with my favourite La Roche Posay hydrating cream which is an absolute dream. I’ve also found an amazing nail bar near our flat, and I’ve been going to get my nails done every couple of weeks. This gives me a little bit of time to myself, and I’ve been choosing bright, fun colours which honestly make me feel happy.
Do you have any tips for improving your body confidence?