When we stand in front of a mirror, the first thoughts that come to mind are not always positive. But they should be.
That’s what British superstar Kate Winslet is teaching her 14 year-old daughter Mia.
While putting her body to good use in ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls,’ Winslet discussed her own body image issues, and the very simple thing she is doing to make sure her daughter doesn’t struggle the way she did.
“When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life. I only heard negatives. That’s very damaging because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look.”
They way we look at and think about ourselves can be far more damaging that the way other look at us — and speaking positively about your own body isn’t something that is always so easy to do.
But if we want young people to admire themselves and understand themselves with confidence, it is so important to try.
So if you’re looking for a positive message to share with a daughter, sister or friend, take a leaf out of Kate Winslet’s book:
“I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, ‘We are so lucky we have a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy. We’re so lucky that we’ve got good bums.’ And she’ll say, ‘Mummy, I know, thank God.’ It’s paying off.”
Do you have a mantra or message to help improve your own confidence?
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