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Surround yourself with positive, upbeat people who bring you joy. "It's easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you're around others who are supportive and who recognize the importance of liking yourself as you naturally are," Dr. Rofey says.
Accentuate the Positive
Celebrate the positive aspects of your body, Dr. Rofey suggests. Focus on your favorite parts???your strong legs, your sexy neck???and accentuate them. Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body.
Let your body know you appreciate it, Dr. Rofey recommends. Meet your buddy for coffee, take a bubble bath, spend an afternoon watching football, make time for a nap or get a pedicure.
Look Beyond the Mirror
Keep a top 10 list of things you like about yourself, Dr. Rofey suggests. Write down qualities that aren't related to how much you weigh or what you look like, such as your silly streak, your way with animals or your memory for friends' birthdays. Read your list often, Dr. Rofey says. "When you feel good about yourself and who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence, self-acceptance and openness that makes you beautiful regardless of whether you physically look like a supermodel," she says. "Beauty is a state of mind???not a state of body."
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