This Monday, I joined my friends at the TODAY show, who were brave enough to step in front of the camera without any makeup on. I joined the nine anchors in doing the show “naked” on “No Makeup Monday” and moderated a conversation with all of them. The panel kicked off “#LoveYourSelfie,” a weeklong initiative to talk about body image, a topic I often talk about on my show.
My goal the host of The Dr. Oz. Show is to help my viewers get healthier – inside and out. Realizing that we are the gatekeepers of our own health and taking control of our behaviors is the first step to a better and longer life. But it’s important to remember your health isn’t just about nurturing your body. Your mind is just as important to your overall well-being.
One of the biggest struggles I hear about from viewers is body image. An online survey showed that women spend an average of 55 minutes on their appearance every day. That adds up to about two whole weeks a year. But the disturbing number is this: 60% of women reported having negative feelings about themselves at least once a week. It goes to show we are tougher on ourselves than others are on us.
The survey also showed that people see 27 as their golden age. That’s the age that most people felt best about their body. It is the most desired and the age when we are physically most powerful, but we are happiest at age 50! And our endurance is equal at age 17 as at 65 so have confidence, your best years are not behind you!
If you’re struggling with your own body image, I want you to start with these five easy steps to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
Give Yourself a Compliment
Research has shown that positive thinking can help you feel younger, reduce stress and help lower your RealAge. The next time you look in the mirror try this: Say something that you like about yourself out loud. Whether it’s your smile or your sense of humor, take the time to pay yourself a compliment at least once a day.
Quit Comparing Yourself to Others
The most beautiful thing about humanity is our diversity. Each and every person is unique. By holding yourself up to standards of beauty you see in the media, you are taking away from your own special qualities. Instead of focusing on how you can be like other people, think more about how you can be the best version of yourself.
Skip the Negativity
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of saying negative things about ourselves in everyday interactions. If you feel a conversation with a friend drifting into that negative zone, make a conscious decision to flip the script to a more positive subject.
Find a Fit That Flatters
If you don’t feel good in your clothes change them! Remember that nobody sees the number on the label but you. Without worrying about the size, wear things that flatter your body type. When you find the right fit, you’ll start feeling more confident about how you look.
Get Regular Exercise
Working out, especially when it’s something you love, is one of the best ways to start feeling better about yourself. When you exercise, you help fine-tune your body. The better your body works, the better you will feel. It’s as simple as that.