How Can I Maintain Self-esteem throughout My Journey with Weight Management?

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Many people diet to lose weight and improve their self-esteem as well as their body image. Especially in Western culture, body size and the exact number on the scale hold extreme value and often influence perceptions of one’s own self-worth.

To make matters even worse for some, the journey with weight is one that is never-ending. Even if one’s goal weight is achieved, weight maintenance is hard work and must be carried on indefinitely. This is why managing weight is filled with triumphs, valleys, pitfalls, successes and challenges. If the journey is forever ongoing, doesn’t it get, well, exhausting?

Self-esteem and How it Relates to Weight Management

The answer to that question is yes. Weight management can feel like an uphill battle, even when things seem to be going okay. Feeling exhausted, frustrated and challenged are all common experiences. It’s no wonder that weight-loss and weight maintenance often wreak havoc on self-esteem and body image. After all, it has physical, mental and emotional effects.

Unfortunately, many people feel that weight-loss is always accompanied by improved self-esteem and greater confidence. But as experience has it, this isn’t always the case. Many of our emotions are challenged as our body changes and transitions. For some, there is always a lingering feeling that any success just isn’t “successful” enough. For others, physical effects such as loose skin and stretch marks chip away at self-esteem. Weight-loss isn’t always euphoric.

Tips for Boosting Self-esteem

If you’re struggling to remain confident and positive during your weight management journey, consider these tips and reflect on them often:

  • Focus on SMART Goals – Do your goals and aspirations feel a little too lofty at times? Try focusing on those which are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-sensitive.
  • Maintain Energy – Weight management can be energy-depleting, which can affect confidence. Stay energized by eating a nutritious diet, exercising often and finding small motivations such as happy music and time with friends.
  • Practice Self-care – Make time for sleep, personal hobbies, shopping for new clothes or accessories, mini vacations and time spent with loved ones.
  • Focus on Health – Your exact weight and body size may seem important, but what’s most important is that you are improving your health and well-being.
  • Exercise Often – Physical activity releases powerful endorphins that typically boost confidence and self-esteem. Aim for at least 150 minutes each week.
  • Find Support – Don’t travel your weight management journey alone. Seek the help of family, friends, a support group or even a mental health counselor.

Looking for more ways to stay confident and boost self-esteem? Daily doses of inspiration can help. CLICK HERE for a handful of tips to help you stay motivated and push forward.

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