Does comparing yourself affect your confidence?

I was at Swiss Ball class this week in an effort to keep fit. I've been doing this class for nearly 2 years now and, although we change our exercises on a weekly basis, I've got to know most of the exercises over that time. I don't think it's an easy class: I'm huffing and puffing, and usually the day afterwards my core stomach muscles are aching from the work I've put in (and that makes me feel all virtuous and like I can eat cakes for the rest of the week :-D).

Breaking the rules about what to wear

I've seen a few blog posts and campaigns on the internet around which decry the idea that there should be rules about what to wear to flatter the body you have.

"How dare somebody tell me what to wear!  That's body shaming"

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Embracing Confidence

Recently, I was working with the team at Cleveland Orthodontics.  Going to the surgery, seeing the before and after photos and testimonials of people happy with their treatment, and talking to the staff about the number of adults who are being seen, demonstrates how important our teeth are to making us feel comfortable about looking in the mirror or smiling in public or in photos. [Read more…]

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?

I remember my Mum reciting this to me when I was young.  It was designed, no doubt, to encourage me to shrug off harsh words from other kids.  To an extent, I’m sure it worked for me, although the way I learned to respond was to lift the drawbridge on those people who were unkind and not engage with them again.  Sometimes it’s been a bit of an extreme response but it was shaped by an early experience with some jealous female friends. [Read more…]

Make-up transformations

Without doubt, using make-up can transform your looks, and I’ve come across this meme which demonstrates it perfectly: [Read more…]

What Body Shape Are You?

I came across an article about how South Korea categorises women’s bodies.  Not for them the hourglass, pear and apple.  No, they have the “S” shape, the “X” line and the “D” shape.  It’s all alphabetised using the letters to represent the shapes of the bodies. [Read more…]