We are obviously a HUGE fan of Instagram over here on Husskie, but one of the negative things that comes out from it is people comparing themselves to others. To feeling like someone has the perfect life, the perfect body, the perfect boyfriend. But the reality is, we don’t actually know what the reality is.
When it comes to the “perfect body” – even stars at the top find it hard, with Alexis Ren recently admitting to Cosmopolitan that she was her “worst critic ever”. Feeling like people just wanted her for her body, Alexis began eating less and less, and reveals: “Looking up to girls for inspo is a beautiful thing, but comparing yourself is what creates the anxiety and self-hatred.”
We applaud her openness, and love that other influencers are opening up about their plight too [Did you see our article on Steph Claire Smith here?] But it’s not just the influencers known for their amazing bodies that are feeling the pinch, with it also extending out to other sectors. An example of this is a post by beauty youtuber Lauren Curtis, who took to the social media platform this week to discuss body confidence.
“Today I post this picture confidently, but yesterday I felt really down about my figure. I don’t really know what changed from yesterday to today – but it got me thinking. When I wasn’t feeling so great about myself yesterday I tried my best to be body-positive regardless. My body is healthy, strong, resilient and has never failed me. So many would kill to be able to say the same thing. I also remind myself that I am my own harshest critic, and in reality the things that I feel insecure about are not even remotely worth feeling insecure about ?,” Lauren Curtis posts.
“I need to stop being so critical and catch myself whenever I have damaging self-talk. Your body is unique to you and while it may not be perfect (no one’s is) it is the most incredible vessel that has carried you through life and has probably been criticised 100 times more than it’s been praised. So instead of looking in the mirror and pointing out all of the things you don’t like and wish you could change, try identifying at least one thing that you DO like and be grateful for that.
“Hating our bodies and having negative self-talk isn’t going to change one. single. thing – so you may as well put that energy towards practicing self love and taking care of your body. Nourish it, move it and appreciate it for all it does ❤️ Loving yourself is a lot more fruitful than being down on yourself, even though I know it can be hard sometimes, but small steps are better than no steps at all ??❤️”
All images: @lozcurtis