Have you ever heard of BSSD? It’s an epidemic effecting women of all ages. It can be debilitating, humiliating, and traumatic. What exactly is it and how do you know if you have it? BSSD stands for Bathing Suit Shopping Disorder, some of the more common symptoms include:
- suicidal feelings, particularly in mall changing rooms
- fear of the beach and community pools
- fashion faux pas, like wearing muumuus and beach towels as skirts
- only booking Alaskan cruises
- worst of all, potentially endangering young children’s lives by refusing to take them to Mommy and Me swim lessons
If you are a victim of BSSD, what can you do? Here is a 7 step recovery program to help you love the skin you’re in:
1) Do some strength training – strength training gives your body definition and helps raise your metabolism. Cardiovascular exercise is great for burning calories but you will see change faster with strength training.
2) Do a detox – excess water, toxins and backed up waste can add pounds to your body. Just doing a week long detox can help you feel lighter and make your belly flatter. (If you’d like more information on detoxing, check my blog at www.fitnessinsideoutoc.com)
3) Be realistic – the vast majority of women don’t have the body of a supermodel. Even supermodels don’t have the body of a supermodel. Their photos are airbrushed, cropped and shopped to create an illusion.
4) Find the right style bathing suit – there are websites and magazine articles that can help you determine the right shape suit to flatter your curves. Just because you don’t look good in a bikini after giving birth three times doesn’t mean there is no bathing suit out there for you.
5) Get a spray tan – white, white skin shows every flaw. Until you get your bronzed beach body, try a spray tan from a really reputable company. You don’t have to look like you’re from the Jersey Shore, tell the technician you’d like to keep it light with more coverage on the legs or wherever your problem spots are.
6) Get your veins treated – If spider veins are a problem for you, look into have them injected. It is a very effective treatment and can help you avoid varicose veins in the future. Be sure you do this soon, however, because it takes a while to heal and sometimes you need multiple treatments.
7) Change your perspective – I love this quote from Sophia Loren “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”
Now, hit the mall with courage!