Banish Bathing Suit Self-Criticism
Sweet looking baby — but she doesn't look very happy, and it may be about how her bathing suit looks. Does this scenario sound familiar?
If so, you are not alone!
If you're like lots of teens and grown-ups, the very thought of getting into a bathing suit may make you feel queasy and uneasy — it's not so easy to feel comfortable in your own skin when so much of it is on display for everyone to see! But here's the thing — in all likelihood, you are your own worst critic. For one thing, practically everyone feels insecure about some aspect of their appearance — and for another, your friends and family love you for who you are, not how you look.
Remember when you were a little kid and the most fun thing ever was to spend a day at the pool or beach, wearing nothing but a bathing suit and having fun all day long? Running and playing and swimming and splashing and building sand castles — you never wanted the day to end.
Reconnect with those days as a way to let go of your angst. Here are some tips (they work for guys and girls) on things you can do to help yourself feel more comfortable in a bathing suit.
If you're buying a new suit, take someone you trust shopping with you to help you choose a suit that's flattering, fashionable and comfortable. If you already have plenty of bathing suits and you know the problem is inside of you, well then, remember the solution is in you too.
Focus on having fun, staying healthy and feeling good — don't distance yourself from having fun with your friends by dissing yourself for not looking perfect in a suit.
Even more important: Be kind and respectful of others too! People like people who make them feel good — and that matters way more than how you look.