In today’s society, it can be easy to get sucked into the endless online world of comparison and competition. With constant messages from the media about what beauty looks like, how to dress, and how to act, it can be difficult for many of us to stay true to ourselves without being influenced by these messages. Unfortunately, this can lead to a negative self-image that is defined by society instead of our own personal convictions. So how do we reclaim and redefine our self-image?
Start with Gratitude and Affirmation
First and foremost, set aside some time each day to express gratitude and affirm yourself.
Make a list of all the wonderful qualities you possess, both internally and externally, that make you unique. Maybe you have an incredible sense of humour, or maybe you are a great listener; whatever it is, express gratitude for those gifts. Remind yourself that God has made each person unique with special gifts, talents, and skills that no one else has! If you struggle with this exercise at first, enlist the help of close friends who can offer affirmation and positive feedback on your abilities.
Realize that Comparison is not Helpful
It’s easy to look around us in society and compare ourselves to others—whether it’s their job title or their Instagram posts—but comparison only serves as a distraction from focusing on our own personal goals. To avoid getting lost in the sea of comparison or feeling pressured to fit into someone else’s mould or vision for your life, create boundaries for yourself. Limit how much time you spend scrolling through social media feeds or reading magazines full of unrealistic images—instead, focus on what sets YOU apart from everyone else!
Seek out Encouragement from others Who Lift You Up
Surrounding yourself with people who encourage you rather than bring you down will help keep your self-esteem high and enable you to feel more confident in who God has made you to be. Take time out every week (or even every day) just for yourself so that you can connect spiritually with God and receive His love—after all, He is the only one who truly knows us inside out! Spend time talking with family members or close friends who lift your spirits when needed; they will remind us why we are so amazing, just as we are meant to be!
We all have moments where we doubt ourselves, but don’t let those moments define who you are as a person. Don’t let negative thoughts overpower your positive ones because there is so much beauty within each of us if we only take the time to recognise it! As Christian sisters, let's remember not to allow society to define our self-image but instead to stay true to ourselves as individuals guided by God's love above all else. Let's continue encouraging each other along this journey called life!