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There’s nothing like summer to really bring out any insecurities you have about your body. With the temperature rising and trips to the beach becoming more frequent, you’ll either find yourself having to take off your shirt or surrounded by shirtless guys with six-pack abs on display. If your self-esteem isn’t in a particularly good place, you might find yourself feeling down and unable to enjoy the summer season.

If you find the thought of being shirtless around other people crippling, that obviously isn’t any good, and we want you to feel better about yourself and enjoy the summer. Here are five tips we feel can help you start shedding that shame about summer shirtlessness.

1. Keep in mind that it’s not a competition

There’s no judging panel waiting at the beach to give you a score depending on how low your BMI in. It’s not a competition, so stop comparing your body to others. There could be plenty of reasons why your body is the way it is — a slow metabolism, a hormonal imbalance, and many other things. Learn to accept that each body has a unique thing it is going through and comparing them to each other is useless.

2. Get in touch with your body

A long time ago, Alanis Morisette recommended walking around naked in your living room, and we’re repeating that recommendation now. Sometimes all it takes to become less conscious about your body is to familiarize yourself with it and get used to seeing it without clothes. Do it often enough and soon taking off your shirt at the beach will be a piece of cake.

3. Don’t look at your body just to make fun of it

This sort of dovetails with our second tip. Familiarize yourself with your body, but do it in a positive way. If all you’re going to do once you get naked Is pinch your love handles or jiggle your tummy, it might be better to keep your clothes on first and try to think of why you feel the need to put yourself down like that.

4. Keep in mind that people aren’t born confident

Some people are lucky enough to grow up in a home environment where they are encouraged and supported, and that explains how they can move through life so confidently. One lesson you can take from that is they learned how to be confident, thanks to positive reinforcement. You can build up your confidence in the same way, either through positive affirmation at the start of the day or through encouragement from your friends. Your confidence won’t improve overnight, but it’s a start.

5. Everybody’s insecure about something

It’s hard to imagine that guy with six-pack abs being insecure about something, but he probably is. It’s easy to put these people on a pedestal, but you have to keep in mind that they’re still just people at the end of the day.

These are our five tips for the summer, but Adam4Adam blog readers will surely have tips of their own when it comes to being confident about their body, especially during the summer. Share your tips with the other readers in the comments below!

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