Spending a day in a luxurious spa can make you feel relaxed, pampered and rejuvenated. But can a trip to a spa actually improve your confidence? In this article, we take a look at the issues of body image and self-confidence and at how a spa day can make you feel good, inside and out.
Negative body image and low self-confidence
Body image can be a complicated issue. Some people radiate confidence, while others constantly feel uncomfortable in their own skin. Sometimes, these issues are deep-seated and require long-term professional help. Other times, they can come about through a specific event, such as surgery that changes how we look. We get lots of mixed messages nowadays about body image, which can also make us feel insecure. Likewise, when it comes to self-confidence, there are lots of life events that can knock our self-confidence, from upheavals in our private life to body changes. While there is no substitute for seeking help from doctor or trained counsellor, if you want to improve how you feel about yourself and your body, a spa is a good place to start.
How can a spa help?
A spa can help you with your body image and self-confidence issues in several ways:
Focus on you: Sometimes, self-confidence issues can arise from ‘losing’ our true selves amid all the other roles we play (mother, father, wife, husband, employee, son, daughter, etc). A few hours in the spa forces you (in the nicest possible way!) to forget about everyone else and just focus on your own wellbeing.
Get away from social media: With the rise in social media has come ‘other people’ syndrome. Looking at shared pictures of other people supposedly having a trouble-free life filled with fun and excitement can make us feel bad about our own lives. As the spa is mobile device-free zone, you can escape this onslaught and gain some perspective on your own life. Take some time to count those blessings!
Improve your appearance: As well as helping you feel good on the inside, spa treatments, such as facials, manicures and pedicures can help you to look your best, which can give your self-esteem and body image a much-needed boost.
Kickstart a new chapter: If your body image or self-confidence have received a knock, a spa day or even a longer stay at a health spa can help launch a new chapter in your life; whether recovering from a serious illness, adopting a healthier lifestyle, planning for the birth of a baby; or getting back on your feet after a personal setback.
Give yourself a treat: We are often quick to be hard on ourselves but slow to give ourselves a mental ‘pat on the back’. A pampering spa day can be a great way to congratulate yourself for getting through a rough patch or to simply give yourself a boost, just for being you!