I decided to carry out this Midlife Body Confidence survey to gauge how women over 40 really feel about their bodies and what impacts, positive or negative, may alter their body confidence, as this age group so often get left out of the equation.
I'll be sharing my thoughts on the results over 2 podcast episodes , as you know it's a subject I am very passionate about so I had a lot to say!
What does it mean to be body confident?
Body confidence is feeling good in your own skin, no matter your size, shape, or age. It's about accepting and loving yourself, just as you are. And while that might sound easy enough, achieving body confidence can be a real challenge—especially for women over 40.
Think about it: By the time we reach our 40s, we've been through a lot. We've borne children, weathered breakups, and divorce, and dealt with job losses and financial setbacks.
We've also been bombarded by society's unrealistic standards of beauty. As a result, it's no wonder that so many of us struggle with self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy.
It is possible to overcome negative feelings and achieve true body confidence at any age.
Here's some useful tips:
1. Accept your age
One of the best things you can do for your body confidence is to accept the fact that you are no longer in your 20s (or 30s). That doesn't mean resigning yourself to a life of frumpy clothes and taking it easy on the weekends. Rather, it means accepting that your body has changed and that those changes are perfectly normal.
2. Don't compare yourself to others
It's human nature to compare ourselves to others, but when it comes to body confidence, comparisons are always going to leave us feeling worse about ourselves. Instead of dwelling on what you don't have, focus on what you do have—and be grateful for it.
3. Focus on health, not looks
Oftentimes, we become so focused on how we look that we forget about how we feel. But true body confidence comes from feeling our best—mentally and physically. In other words, worry less about fitting into those skinny jeans and more about eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. When you take care of yourself, you'll feel better both inside and out—and that will show in your appearance as well as in your overall sense of well-being.
4. Find something to love about your body
We all have aspects of our appearance that we're self-conscious about—but instead of fixating on those things, try to find one thing that you love about your body for every aspect that you're not crazy about. For example, if you don't like your arms, think about how strong they are from all those years of carrying around kids or grocery bags. If you're not thrilled with your hips, remember how feminine they make you look. Focusing on the positive will help you see yourself in a whole new light—and feel more confident as a result.
The most important thing to remember is that everyone's definition of body confidence is different—and there's no "right" way to achieve it. Just do what feels right for you—and don't be afraid to ask for help along the way! If you're struggling to love your body just as it is, consider reaching out to a therapist or counsellor who can help you learn to appreciate all that YOU are—inside and out
*Data was collected anonymously, via google from between June and October 2022.
I'll be back with Part 2 and the final episode for 2022 next week
but in the meantime
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A safe space to share and feel part of a community of women all finding their own way through midlife.
Where you get to hear from amazing women who are embracing life and leaving a trail of inspiration along the way.
Encouraging women after 40 to try something new and step out of their own bubble.
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