Body Insecurity | How to Encourage Self-Esteem For You and Your Teen
Encouraging positive body image and fighting body insecurity in teens is vital to their self-love and self-esteem. As parents, we have a strong say in nurturing a healthy body image in our kids. But, how do we raise children to love themselves when you have your own body image issues?
It is not easy to be a positive role model and not let your child’s looks dominate their sense of self-worth when you are not happy about how you look.
Anxiety about your own looks will likely rub off on your children. However, it doesn’t work to pretend in front of your kids, because they will sense your lack of self-confidence no matter how hard you try to cover it up. What you can and should do is work on boosting your own body image and a sense of self-appreciation, and be an example for your children how to overcome body insecurity and love themselves.
Have Healthy Meals Together
Mealtimes should be about family time and enjoyment rather than a feeling of guilt. Encourage your kids to eat healthy and balanced food. However, teach your children not to feel bad each time they have a cupcake, by allowing them to follow your example of not feeling guilty when you treat yourself with some extra carbs!
Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and positive. Regular exercise will not only help you lose a few pounds. It will also improve your mood, boost energy levels, and alleviate stress and anxiety.
So, building a habit of daily exercise is a great life skill to set up for your children for life. But you have to model that behavior.
Replace Negative Body Insecurity with A Positive Self Image
When you think about your body, recognize discouraging thoughts as they appear. Replace them with positive affirmations about how you look and feel. This will increase your optimism and boost confidence.
Wear clothes that fit you and that make you feel comfortable. Never complain about your appearance in front of your kids. Instead show them the power of positive affirmations, repeating your own affirmations out loud.
Love Yourself as a Whole Person
Most of us are not happy with every single piece of our bodies. Learning healthy habits to deal with your body insecurity is vital to building strong confidence and solid self-love. Appreciate yourself as a whole person and teach your children that they have many qualities that go beyond their looks.
Encourage them to recognize and appreciate their good health, skills, and talents. Accepting yourself as a whole person will help build resilience and improve confidence. Modeling these behaviors for your children is the best thing you can do to nurture their positive self-image and healthy self-esteem.