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This week on the Boots Feel Good Forum we talked about body confidence and getting in shape through exercise and diet with psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, author of Mirror Mirror: Dr Linda's Body Image Revolution, and celebrity personal trainer Matt Roberts. We asked for your tips on how to feel more confident about your body. 

 

Don't believe what you see in magazines

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Airbrushing, gossip and glossy beauty mags filled with ads can all detract from your body confidence, so if you want to feel good about the way you look, Mumsnetters reckon it's best not too pay them too much attention. 

  • Get someone who works in a magazine house to look at photos with you and show you where photos have been airbrushed. A former boyfriend's brother did this for a living, and he would talk me through images, and I never looked at them the same again, as i can now 'see' what they've done! I still hate my breasts but at least i compare them to normal women's breasts unfavourably rather than comparing them to made up images of breasts that bear no relation to reality. swallowedAfly
  • My body confidence tip is to spend as little time as possible reading glossy magazines/on the scales/looking in the mirror! I think the airbrushed perfection they portray makes normal women feel rubbish. StillStuck

Confidence is key

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There's no denying that a healthy diet, exercise and a bit of grooming can make you feel fantastic, but it's important to remember that at the end of the day it's that confidence always comes from within.

  • Don't fall into the trap of thinking the shape you think your body is the reason for other problems in your life and you can't solve those problems until you have the perfect body image. Start tackling the other problems! flamingtoaster
  • The best piece of advice I could give when it comes to improving body confidence is to work on your self-esteem. There's plenty of self-help books available. It's not your body that's the problem - it's the way you feel about it. doctorhamster
  • My best tip, especially when going out, is to remember that nearly everyone is more concerned with their own body than looking at yours. goldenretriever



Posture

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Try focusing on your posture – you might be amazed at the difference that standing up straight makes, not only to the way you look but the way you feel as well.

  • Since becoming a sports massage therapist, I have really taken on board the importance of posture. It's amazing the difference it makes if you consciously think about locking in your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor, not only while you are doing things like lifting but whether you are just walking or standing. Dawnywoo

 

A little help from your friends

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Sometimes all we want is a bit of a confidence boost, so don't be afraid to ask your friends or family for a bit of positive feedback. 

  • One way to feel more confident is to ask friends what part of you they like and why - it can be surprising the answers you get back and you can find that the image you see in the mirror is nothing like the one that everyone else sees. Lent1

If you didn't manage to catch the show on Sunday, don't worry you can listen to it now via our pop-out player – here.

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