Spring Break: How to Embrace Swimsuit Season

By Maggie Young
The fun and excitement of spring break can be unmatched by any other vacation. For some college women, however, anxiety from the thought of wearing a bathing suit on vacation can creep in.

Some women spend hours on the treadmill and nibble on small amounts of food for this “break.” Before we know it, spring break has turned into a beauty event where every woman strives to be perfectly fit and swimsuit ready.

At the end of the day, however, you are going on spring break vacations for change of pace and enjoyment. A fresh spring break body perspective is in order to keep a healthy mindset this spring break season.

Write down why you are going on spring break and post it in a visible spot.
Are you going to have a good time with friends and family? Or maybe to ease your mind from the rigors of school? When other girls are talking about their spring break diets, refer back to this statement as a reminder of the true purpose for the vacation. I doubt you wrote down “to look good in my swimsuit.” Bring it back to the big picture of life.

Looking your best isn't a bad thing.
It is wonderful if done through eating nutrient filled foods and exercising appropriately. With this being said, crash dieting is not part of a healthy lifestyle. Eat fruits, veggies, protein, whole grains and dairy mindfully. If you eat nutritious foods and exercise for physical health, your focus will move away from the swim suit body craze and shift to taking care of yourself.

Look in the mirror and say one positive statement about yourself each morning. 
Mix it up with statements about your body and personality. This will help remind you of the positives and divert your thoughts away from looking a specific way for spring break.

Remember to be your best you. 
Don't compare yourself to other college women on spring break. People come in all shapes and sizes and comparison is not productive for anyone. Be proud of who you are and don't worry about the other women.

Taking joy in life is a woman's best cosmetic. -Rosalind Russell

Remember that spring break is supposed to serve as just that, a break. Take time to mentally recharge and enjoy yourself. Use this new spring break body perspective to ditch swimsuit anxiety and replace it with a week of fun and sun!

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