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Being Body Confident During a Beach Vacation

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With beach vacations, comes swimwear and lots of exposed skin. Although most of us may love the beach, we may not always feel comfortable showing off our bodies. It doesn’t always have to be about being uncomfortable with the physical condition of your body either, sometimes modesty can also affect your ability to be your most confident self when soaking up the sun. So, how do you go about being body confident during a beach vacation?

Workout
Now, by suggesting that you work out, I don’t necessarily mean that you have to get in body builder physical condition. Even if you only go for a walk a couple times a week, being physically active can really improve your mood and self-esteem. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins and dopamine (the “feel good” chemical). Confidence starts in your mind. If you are regularly active, you will constantly be releasing dopamine, which will cause you to view yourself more positively, thus improving your confidence and making you more comfortable in your own skin.   Plus, you’ll also be making incremental physical changes to your body as well that are sure to make you feel good.

Adjust your diet
Yeah, yeah, we all know that eating healthy foods is 80% of reaching our physical fitness goals. But adjusting your diet slightly a week or two before your beach vacation can really have positive effects on you both mentally and physically. Drink more water. Eat more vegetables. Cut back on sugar, junk food, and bread products. These changes can help you to reduce bloating and water weight gain and can detox your body and mind, making you feel more confident when you finally hit the sun and sand.

Pick the right swimwear

There are so many different swimwear options out there to choose from, so pick one that makes you feel like your best. Prefer a one piece suit over a string bikini? Then wear one. If you like a design with fun animal print or graphics on it, go for it. If you hate a particular part of your body, find a suit that enhances the other parts of your body that you love. Don’t worry about the current trends or what society says you should wear based on the characteristics of your body; wear what makes you feel awesome and strut your stuff confidently!

Confidence is silent, insecurities are loud

Embrace your body
Embrace YOUR body. Stop looking to magazines or celebrities to tell you what you should look like. Everyone’s body is made differently and not everyone’s “healthy” looks the same. As a runner, the best example I can think of is running a race. If you look at the people that run marathons, they are all different shapes and sizes. I’ve seen people that according to stereotypes, don’t “look like runners”, yet they can run 26.2 miles without stopping. Admit to yourself that not everyone has the same DNA and not everyone’s body will look the same. Two people could eat the same meals and have the same exercise plan and look completely different physically. This very fact is why you should not compare your body to others. Accept what you’re working with and own it.

Fake it until you make it
The easiest thing to do when you just can’t seem to find the confidence is to fake it until you make it. Just go to the beach and have a great time. Don’t worry about how you look or what people may be thinking about how you look. Chances are that the very people that you’re worried about are more worried about their own bodies, not yours. Fake confidence and eventually you will either actually become confident, or forget why you were worried in the first place.

Life is too short to not enjoy a beach vacation because of body insecurity. Don’t let something so insignificant prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest. Live, explore, and work whatcha momma gave ya

Still having trouble learning to love yourself?  Here are 6 ways to get you there.

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24 Comments

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    Latusha wildreams
    October 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I don’t have any problem with my body and its 278 pounds. When I go to the beach, I just don’t care about other people. They are the ones who should be worried about me.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      You go girl! Way to own your body and be confident.

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    Vanessa Palma
    October 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Working out and eating healthy, while not always easy are my strategies for body confidence. As long as I know I’ve done my best to care for myself, the rest is mental.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      It’s pretty mental for me as well. I have days when I feel like my body has completely transformed after only one workout. hahaha

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    Nadalie Bardowell
    October 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Dieting and getting physical exercise are very important in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I also like to think that mental preparation is also key, keeping a positive outlook on the situation will help you focused and content with the process. A lot of people may get discouraged from the commitment or lack of immediate results.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Lack of immediate results can definitely be discouraging. You just have to stay the course and the results will follow.

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    Sapphire Kharyzma
    October 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    As women, we are often our worst critics. We need to learn, just like these tips you’ve shared, how to empower ourselves. Once we begin to see our own beauty, it would no longer matter what anyone else thinks. I enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Oh my goodness, aren’t we, though. Yes, Sapphire, yes! Thanks for visiting!

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    Melissa Dixon
    October 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I have never been confident at the beach to be honest. Even when I was super skinny I felt like I was never good enough. Now that I am a confident woman you would think that would change but I still don’t like the way I look and probably never will. I don’t know anyone who does actually now that I think of it, but thankfully it is such a small part of my life that I don’t miss out on anything due to it.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Some people just aren’t ever going to be 100% comfortable and that is okay. As long as you don’t let it get in the way of having fun, then that’s all that matters!

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    andrea
    October 19, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Man, this is a tough one for me but you are so right. If we don;t love our bodies who will:) I think we should embrace every curve we have and be complimentary of others. Great Post!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Hey, thank you for stopping by!

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    Sue Reddel
    October 19, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Your last point is so true. As much as we all need to take care of ourselves and be the healthiest we can be we must also take the time to enjoy life and ourselves. Most people could care less what you look like they’re too busy worrying about their own good time.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Exactly, they’re not even thinking about us and our body insecurities. hehe

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    Jenn
    October 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Nothing beats feeling strong and healthy. I am a firm believer in fake it until you make it. I’ve been saying that one for years.

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    Michelle Cantu
    October 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

    You really can get away with a lot if you just fake it and embrace what you have to work with. It took me a long time to be happy with myself. A great swimsuit works wonders too, you really can’t skimp on quality.

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Yes, a quality swimsuit can work wonders!

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    Bites for Foodies
    October 21, 2017 at 4:05 am

    All of the above are great tips and reminders for all of us. It’s hard to embrace your body, especially when you’re looking around comparing yourself to every other bikini-clad woman on the beach! Thanks for these tips!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Comparison is the killer of confidence. Thanks for stopping by!

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    adriana
    October 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I loved reading this post! Embracing who you are really is so important. It isn’t always easy to remember, but these tips really are essential! Beach vacations are meant to be fun with no stress!

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      October 24, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    Melanie
    October 25, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information, you’ve listed great tips that cover the insecurities that most people have on the beach and ways to solve it. Love it. ❤️

    • Adrienne
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      Adrienne
      November 3, 2017 at 9:08 am

      My pleasure! Thanks for reading!

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