By Jenna Hanington
The sun is shining, spring breakers are heading to and from the beach, and neighborhood pools are about to open again. This means that summer is almost here! Rejoice! Yet there’s always that one little thing holding us back from running outside and jumping into the pool: bathing suit season.
The phrase “bathing suit season” can strike fear into the hearts of many. No matter how many times we tell ourselves that the models in the magazines have gone through hours of airbrushing and Photoshopping to look as flawless as they do, we still can’t help but hold ourselves to those standards. When we step into those swimsuits, suddenly we feel embarrassed and self-conscious about our bodies. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there.
Bathing suit season doesn’t have to be scary. It should be fun! Think of it as a time to show off some newfound confidence. Try using some of these tips that I’ve been sticking to for the past few years. If they work for me, they can work for you too:
- Don’t compare yourself to other people. Everyone has their strengths and flaws. Focusing on someone else’s strengths can make you ignore your own. There were always friends who I envied every time I went to the pool, but focusing on the things I was proud of helped me feel confident again.
- Find a bathing suit that flatters you. There are plenty of articles and guides out there that can help you find the right suit for you. My friends and I always check out magazines to see what shapes and patterns will work the best for us. It might be stripes for one person, but solids for another!
- Remember that being skinny does not equal being happy. Being healthy and confident are much surer ways to find real beauty.
- If you start feeling self-conscious, try accessorizing. Add a hat, a colored shirt, or a cover-up—anything that will help you feel both comfortable and confident while wearing a bathing suit. I’ve found that a cover-up or a stylish hat can serve multiple purposes. They not only provide comfort, but also sun protection!
These are just a few tips that have helped me through many bathing suit seasons, and hopefully many more to come. I think the biggest thing that I’ve learned is just to be happy with who you are. If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for everyone else too. Now get out there and show those bathing suits who’s boss!