Do you dread the arrival of summer? Shorts, bikinis, tank tops…The thought of having to wear any of that makes you feel anxious. Or maybe you go into overload with dieting and too much exercise, trying to look just perfect for the beach. If you struggle with body image, you know what I’m talking about.
And I feel where you’re coming from because, honestly, social media does not make it easy for us to feel confident in our bodies. It’s a real struggle. Plus, if people in your life, body shame you (or bodies like yours), well, it’s no wonder it’s difficult for you to love your body.
And yet, our body is our home. When we start treating it with the love and care that any home deserves, everything changes. Life becomes more colourful. But, how can we do that?
Let’s dive deeper into it!
Effects of low self-esteem
Self-esteem is how we view ourselves.
All the opinions, beliefs and judgements we have about ourselves can make or break our confidence. When we have low self-esteem, we think negatively about our bodies, hearts and minds. We feel less capable. So, we shy away from new opportunities and challenges. This makes us feel safe in the beginning, but the longer we avoid things, the more our insecurities grow. Our every mistake stops us in our tracks because we immediately see it as proof of our unworthiness.
Hating your body can make it difficult to trust potential romantic partners. Your relationships may suffer, and you may even experience bouts of jealousy. People with low self-esteem often choose unsuitable partners because they believe they don’t deserve any better. And let’s not even mention all the beach parties you missed because you were ashamed of your body.
It can be so easy to conclude that your confidence depends on how you look. But that’s not true! Confidence is not a matter of looks. The truth is that our self-esteem was heavily influenced by how people around us treated us as we grew up. And that might not have anything to do with your looks. This includes our family, friends, teachers and so on. So, if you grew up in a surrounding that was very critical of you, it was more difficult for you to develop confidence.
Luckily, as adults, we can take the reins back. We can create a new narrative for ourselves and rewire our brains. We can learn to love ourselves and our bodies even if they are imperfect.
Now, let me tell you a secret…all bodies are imperfect! Why would IG models need filters and photoshop if they weren’t?
How to improve low self-esteem with hypnotherapy in LondonPhoto by Alena Shekhovtcova – Pexels
Now, London is a highly competitive city.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparison. Especially when you see all those successful-looking beautiful people strolling down Oxford street. But, the upside of living in such a big city is that there are so many professionals that can help you build your confidence.
Hypnotherapy is a very gentle practise that leads you into a relaxed state. In it, you can safely explore your problems, allow yourself to feel difficult emotions and even take a stroll down memory lane in search of the root cause. All the while, your hypnotherapist will be your guide. They can support you and give advice on how to handle challenging emotions. Also, they can help you be more mindful of your thoughts and reactions. You’ll also be able to learn some useful tools to use in everyday situations.
No matter your body type, hypnotherapy can help you develop self-esteem. One approach is by resolving damaging beliefs and past trauma. The other is by helping you change the habits that keep you treating your body badly. Be it’s bingeing, dieting, over-exercising, poor sleep, addictions or something else, hypnotherapy can help you break free from them. And it gives you all the tools to put new, loving habits in place. You know, the ones that will make you feel loved, energised and at peace.
So, take advantage of living in a big city and try hypnotherapy in London. I’ve seen my clients achieve such wonderful results, and I know you can too! Contact me to learn more about how I can help you improve low self-esteem. I’m looking forward to talking to you!