I get it. Here we are, about four months into quarantine, and as some sort of cruel joke, it’s July. Getting your “summer bod” is clearly out the door. I implore you, though, to also get yourself out the door. We could all use some Vitamin D, and after being cooped up, let’s embrace summer and your body in a swimsuit.
How do I stop being insecure in a bathing suit?
I have a three-fold plan for dealing with bathing suit anxiety.
1. Widen your definition of “bikini body.”
My favorite thing about social media is that it can be a great equalizer. People come in all shapes and sizes. You can actually see this, if you choose. Swimsuit body confidence is a mental game, so go ahead and read body-positive content, and start normalizing body differences! Check out this article for some great sources of women whose confidence shows on the inside and out. Your self-confidence may not blossom immediately, but keep challenging yourself to broaden your view.
2. Look for swimsuits that you love to show off and also flatter whatever shape you have!
Whatever part you love, accentuate that. Don’t try to hide the parts you don’t. They’re never as obvious as you think.
The Jessica Crop Bikini Top
So obsessed with this casually country top. I don’t think I realized how flattering a sleeve could be on a bikini.
I used to always wear my cover-ups until the last second before diving into the water. I didn’t even realize how focused I was on myself. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Other people are also a bit too worried about themselves to think much about criticizing you. In fact, they don’t see your flaws in the same way you do. You’ll get better at it the more you try; some women swear by wearing their swimwear around the house for rehearsal sessions. Confidence can really be about getting used to how you feel in your own skin. Go ahead and glow.
Summer swimsuit sales are on fire right now, so don’t wait to jump on these deals. With these great savings, you can get some beachwear, too!
Mariko is a high school English teacher who has three children, illegible handwriting and an obsession with mail-order artisan ice cream. She lives in Hawaii, but she makes a point to eat her way through big cities as often as she can.