The sun is shining and summer is finally here! I don’t know about you, but I am so excited now that restrictions are easing and we can finally start to make some exciting plans for this summer. There are so many things I want to do, so many people I want to see, but I am feeling a little bit anxious about socialising again, being around people again. I know that throughout lockdown, I have not really taken care of my physical health very well and have put on quite a lot of weight which has left me feeling quite self-conscious and with quite low self-confidence.
Being plus-size I have always struggled with my confidence, especially during the summer months when. it gets hot, and everyone is wearing beautiful summery outfits and I just feel like a sack in my frumpy clothes as I want to keep as much of my body hidden as possible. More recently, I have started becoming less worried about what people think of me, and am starting to feel more confident about myself and the person I am.
Be proud of your own body. You’re awesome just the way you are.
Accepting yourself this summer . . .
I am learning to accept the person I am and I am starting to love the person I am. I am realising that every single one of us is different and that every single one of us have insecurities about our bodies and the way we look. One of the things I find the hardest in terms of feeling confident about myself is dating. I have been single for a little while and I now feel ready to start navigating the dating scene again. What has made me feel a lot less anxious about dating in 2021 is that there is a space in the dating world for all of us – no matter if you are plus size like myself or you are a single disabled person or looking to date someone of an older age – no-one is excluded from the world of dating and being given that chance of happiness, which every single person deserves.
You deserve to be happy. You deserve to life a life you are excited about.
Feeling happy and confident with the person you are can be such a hard thing to embrace, but it really is so important as the only person stopping you from new experiences and enjoying life is you! This summer I have decided to push myself outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself to doing some of the things that I would usually feel anxious about.
- Attend more blogger events – I love going to blogger events and meeting like-minded people, but the pandemic meant that all events were cancelled, so I am excited to get back to attending events and putting myself out there a but more.
- Go on a first date – Even if it doesn’t lead to anything, I want to feel confident enough to go on a date with someone new and have fun. Who knows what might happen?
- Spend more time on me – I don’t spend anywhere near enough time practising self-care and self-love on myself, so I am going to spend time looking after myself both physically and mentally. That could include doing some exercise I really live, like swimming, booking myself in for a facial or a massage and spending time writing in my journal to help me understand my thoughts, feelings and emotions.
So, those are my summer affirmations that I want to work on over the next few months. Do you have anything you want to challenge yourself to do this summer? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
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