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Take a second look at yourself


I think I am too fat', ‘too short', ‘my hair's too straight'… if you are the type who never tires of self-assessment, then get ready for a mental makeover.

Self-image is how you see yourself which reflects on how you feel. Today's youngster often suffers from poor self-image. It's a young people's ‘thing'. Sometimes even something as simple as walking across a room may be traumatic, as the person feels like all eyes are on him/her, judging and analysing.
Ask any person how they feel about their looks and you will probably get something like, “I'm too fat” or “I could've been a little taller” or “Maybe if I had straight hair, I'd look better” or “I'm a shade too dark” ... Very few actually say they feel perfect, inside out. It's nobody's fault, really.

All in the mind
In today's world, with so many ‘beautiful' people around, one who is different from the conventional perception of beauty may actually feel awkward. “I remember when I stepped into my teens, I was different from the others. I was on the plump side,” says Amrutham. “My school ‘friends' made fun of me, they did not want to be my friends any more, and I had to change my school; I felt that self-conscious.”
In her new school, Amrutham shot up, lost her baby fat, slimmed down (thanks to the added height) and blossomed into the school's first magazine editor. She topped her school, thanks to her new self and new set of friends. “I worked on my mind. Exercised too.” The small sizes did not matter any more. “One of my teachers helped me get over my complex by simply treating me gently.” Her teacher also told her that the way the world sees her was very different from how she sees herself. She is a beautiful girl. “But, I had to do it myself. Nobody can do your stuff for you, however much they love you.” Today, Amrutham is a confident teen.
The gentle treatment works wonders. And remember, every body was not meant to be a size zero. In fact, nobody in their right mind wants to look that way. It can lead to several health complications and takes hell of a lot away from a healthy look.

Self-help...
Love your self no matter what. Be gentle with the inner you. It really is the best treatment.
That dreaded size zero is just a glamorised figment of a very desperate imagination. It is not even remotely healthy. Looking healthy and bubbling with positive, enthusiastic energy makes you beautiful from inside and that will show itself on the outside too. After the first ‘hello', it is all that matters whatever size that may be in. If your friends judge you by your size they are not your friends to begin with. Get a new set who will nurture you, help you grow instead of pulling you down.
Drink plenty of water. It flushes out the toxins in your body and keeps your skin glowing.
Healthy and balanced home-cooked meals with fruits and some nuts as between meal snacks will keep your digestive system working and your body happy to get nutrition right through the day. Result: great skin, shiny hair and a stomach that is never hungry.
Exercise. Do any sort you enjoy for 30 to 45 minutes a day. Break it up into three 15-minute bursts if time is your problem — three to five days a week — will maintain your figure nicely and keep those muscles active.
Spend ‘my time' — focus on your breath. Just five minutes — or as long as you can spare — will clear up your brain and get your creativity all charged up.

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