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How to Beat Body Image Issues – Love, Life and Lingerie

When it comes to our own bodies, we all have our personal gripes to bear and our body image issues. From a young age we are bombarded with images and advertising that can make us feel that our bodies are substandard, inadequate, imperfect. Between the faked images in the media, or the adverts telling us how we can make our bodies ‘better’ to the playground bullying and name calling; it can all work to to reinforce our negative feelings and concerns. We find ourselves constantly striving for perfection – when perfection just isn’t – well, real.

Fake boobs, fake tans, fake nails – they all go a little bit of a way to making us ‘feel’ better about our bodies. But in truth, what are those things other than a plaster to cover up the real problem – how we really feel about ourselves.

Surely, it’s time to put our body image issues aside. Time to love ourselves that little bit more, to love our bodies: booties, boobs, bumps and all!

Love Thyself

It’s time to realise that you are you, and you are amazing just the way you are. Be healthy, be happy, but be real. Your body tells the story of your life and is utterly individual to you. It’s time you celebrated it. Every curve / stretch mark / scar / saggy bit / lumps and bumps – it’s all you.

Be confident in your own skin. Be comfortable with who you are and love yourself for it. Not everyone looks like a red-hot celebrity, touched up to within an inch of her life on the cover of a magazine.

Your body is its own masterpiece of mindboggling wonderment that can be used to lure, entrap, entice and seduce. If you’ve had lovers before – those lovers are not just turned on by your mind.  (Although I am sure that is a big part of it). If they find you sexy, surely you should too?

Why not have a little fun with your new found self-appreciation and buy some amazingly sexy underwear to flaunt your beautiful booty? And for the more curvy among us there is so much more  plus size lingerie around now to choose from now. And yes, I know – that phrase doesnt help either. But, until we all settle on a better one, that is what most people search for.

With holiday season just a jingle bell away, why not look to our Christmas Lingerie Buying Guide and Christmas Lingerie collections for inspiration on how you can sex it up this season, and love your body just that little bit more?

Love Thy Neighbour

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a bully? Someone who makes you feel inadequate, powerless and inferior? If you have you will know just how awful it truly feels to have someone make you feel like that. Yet we find time to pick apart every woman at a club, in a bar or simply walking down a street. “She’s too thin”, “she’s too fat”, “she shouldn’t be wearing that” – admit it, we’ve all done it. Remember that scene in the movie Mean Girls – 2004 ? Well here’s a reminder…

From one woman to another, let’s boost each other’s confidences and stop with the bitching. It’s time we see every woman as beautiful – regardless of her age, skin colour, size or shape. Let’s defeat those body image issues. I know I am certainly not perfect. So who am I to talk about someone else who probably has just as many inferiority complexes over her looks as I do. It’s time to club together and celebrate our bodies – whether short or tall, petite or plus size, young or old…

If you’re reading this with someone in mind, why not show them how sexy they can be with some super sexy sets this Christmas? Look to our Buying Lingerie For Your Partner guide to find out how you can make them feel down right sexy, whilst being confident in their own skin.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

On a more serious note, sometimes body image issues can require a bit more help than kind words and reassurance. Around 1 in 50 women and men suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), sometimes called body dysmorphia. They worry a lot about perceived flaws in their appearance that other people might not even notice. If you feel that you or a loved one might be too concerned about their appearance or might be suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, then help is available. The NHS BDD advice is that you should visit your GP if you think you have BDD and they also list things you can try for yourself. Other good sources of help and advice include Mind’s page on BDD and the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation.

About the Author Maggie Emstone

Maggie doesn’t hold back when it comes to helping you enhance your assets. A serial underwear shopper, with several top drawers to prove it, Maggie is a positive fountain of knowledge when it comes to your undies…