You can only imagine my surprise and confusion when I saw stretch marks on my arms and a new set of stretch marks on my thighs. I did not expect getting more stretch marks at this time, so this realization came with its own set of insecurities.
For the first time ever, I felt insecure about my arms and started opting for more tops that covered my arms. Stretch marks shouldn’t define how I dress, so I felt I needed to take action to increase my confidence and self-esteem.
I know I am not the only one experiencing body changes but this process can be daunting as it comes with range of emotions. While stretch marks are completely normal and natural, they can sometimes lead to feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness. Some people are lucky because they are able to feel comfortable in their skin regardless of stretch marks and body changes while some others need a bit more motivation for acceptance.
I’ve been using certain techniques to help me overcome my worries about having stretch marks, and I thought I’d share them on the blog.
This is a bit of a funny one but I look at them, feel them and just observe them. I like to run my hands on them and find beauty in them. The truth is, if I can’t embrace them, how will I expect others to? This is a little self love exercise that works. I also moisturise them thoroughly with various oils.
Talking about the stretch marks is another way that works for me. When I discovered the new stretch marks, I told my mum and friends about it. I enjoy discussing such topics with others who can relate to them, and I appreciate the confidence boost and support they provide. Talking about it helps you realize that it is entirely normal and that there is no reason to be embarrassed about it.
Another tip is to avoid being overly self-conscious about your physical appearance. We have a tendency to believe that people are constantly monitoring us when, in fact, they are not. Distract yourself by thinking about other things rather than that stretch mark or any other insecurity you may be experiencing.
The final tip from me is wearing comfortable clothes. I had my moment where I wanted to hide my stretch marks and cover them always. Now, I don’t mind wearing clothes that expose them because the stretch marks are part of me and I would not let any stretch marks make me scared to wear what I like.
Are you dealing with any insecurities? How are you dealing with it? Please leave a comment below. Thank you for reading.
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