Love the Skin You’re In

Love the Skin You’re In

Take a look in the mirror. What do you see? If your first thought is to pick out a list of qualities you don’t like about yourself, maybe it’s time for a new perspective.

Every person is beautiful (or handsome) in his or her own way. Media tries to tell us what “beautiful” is supposed to look like, with rules for how we should dress, style our hair, and fit into our jeans—but those are just shallow opinions, and they’re changing all the time. The truth is, beauty can be found in every type of face, body, and style. It’s up to us to discover the beauty of who we are and embrace it.

Here are three ways to do that…
• Choose clothing that makes you feel like “you.” What are your favorite colors, textures, and styles? If everybody else is wearing high-rise shorts but you really prefer jogging pants, then wear those jogging pants like a boss. There’s nobody else like you, and your clothing can reflect that truth.

• Stop stepping on the scale. People come in all shapes and sizes, and no particular body type is the “right” one. If you’ve been measuring your worth according to the pounds you weigh or the size you wear, then you’re missing out on celebrating your true value, which is found in your personality and character—not your shape.

• Look for the beauty in others. By opening our eyes to appreciate positive qualities other people—regardless of their outer shell—we will learn just how beautiful everyone is in his or her own unique way. And that will help us recognize our own unique value, too.

Never forget—you matter, just the way you are!