YOUR BODY’S

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By fo­cus­ing on the func­tion­al­ity of your body, you can ap­pre­ci­ate it for the amaz­ing things it can do for you, rather than how it looks. “Be grate­ful for what your body does for you. It keeps you breath­ing and mov­ing and it’s pretty amaz­ing ex­actly how it is,” says Clare.

Fo­cus on your strengths and on mak­ing the most of what you have. Get some ad­vice on styling for your shape, which will real­is­ti­cally help you make the most of your as­sets.

Laura Hol­land, co-founder of BeUti­fulYou, a Dubai-based well-be­ing com­pany, says yoga and med­i­ta­tion can help to blend you with your in­ner be­ing. “Re­con­nect­ing to this reminds you of your own beau­ti­ful na­ture and in this re­laxed pos­i­tive state, it is not long un­til your in­ner be­ing il­lu­mi­nates your phys­i­cal body,” says Laura.

In fact, re­search (Dauben­mier, 2005) has demon­strated that yoga is as­so­ci­ated with lower body anx­i­ety and could there­fore be key in in­creas­ing body sat­is­fac­tion among teenagers too.

“Yoga al­lows us to be­gin slow­ing down the self-critic and start to re­alise that the voices in our heads aren’t nec­es­sar­ily the re­al­ity,” says Laura.

MIND­FUL­NESS

CON­FI­DENCE IN OTHER AR­EAS

A POS­I­TIVE LIST

SOME­THING PHYS­I­CAL

FUNC­TION

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UP YOGA In­stead of look­ing in the mir­ror and find­ing fault with your body, go for a walk along the beach and get your en­dor­phins fired up

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