To be completely honest, I have always hated myself in a bathing suit. Although it’s never kept me from going to the beach, lake or pool. Deep down I have been the girl that’s constantly worrying about what other’s think, sucking in my tummy and worrying about the angle people are seeing me from. It’s a full-time job when I’m in a bathing suit. Then I had kids…Oh boy that was rough, but in away a little freeing. I thought to myself “You know what, I’m a Mom. That’s hard and to be relatively fit after that. Well that’s an accomplishment.” So I want to share my tips for being confident in a bathing suit.
It’s weird, most women find that after kids they have a harder time accepting the figure they have. But I have learned to embrace it. I mean our bodies go through so many changes, shifts and growths during the months of being pregnant, and even after you deliver. I mean geez, we carry a watermelon in there. Of course everything gets shifted and pushed and stretched. Girl, YOU ARE AMAZING for doing this, and your body is amazing for accommodating that baby blessing.
I think one of the most freeing things for me when it comes to being in a bathing suit is to actually take pictures. Every time I do, I end up looking through them and realize “hey, I actually don’t look that bad”. It’s about seeing yourself in another prospective. So the next time you’re not feeling good about yourself, put on that bathing suit, have someone take your pictures and just have fun with it. I guarantee you will stop staring at those thick thighs, and start noticing the smile on your face, the moment you shared with your kids and all of the memories you are making. You will thank yourself later for showing up, and being present. Just let go and have fun!
Tips For Being Confident In A Bathing Suit
Choose a style that’s flattering for your body shape. I actually love wearing a bikini. But, the low-cut, cheeky bottoms are not going to accentuate my curves the best. Finding a high-waist bottom and pairing it with a cute top is perfect. A few other ideas are wearing a ruffle top to help enhance a smaller bust line, or go for well fitting one-piece suit. They’re all the rage these days!
Find a suit that FITS. There’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting bathing suit. One thing I have to remind myself is “just because it’s cute; and just because it’s on sale, doesn’t mean I need to buy it.” Often times I find cute bathing suits on sale, then go to try it on and it’s fair. I have purchased a suit (or two) this way and often feel insecure wearing it. Mostly because it doesn’t fit properly and I’m constantly worried about it, adjusting it and non-stop thinking about it.
Use a cover up to enhance you and your suit, not hide it. This is so key when heading to the beach or pool. If you are wearing a cover up to actually cover up, then you’re doing it all wrong. By doing this you’re telling yourself your body is less than, when in reality it’s not. Just like the majority of women, we see ourselves way worse that others do.
We’re harder on ourselves, and in turn put more stress on ourselves. Find a cover up that is not only complimenting your suit, but showing off and flattering your body.
What are some of your tips for feeling comfortable and confident in your bathing suit?
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