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This Fitness Blogger Just Shared An Important Message On Being Self-Critical

French fitness blogger Louise Aubery has dedicated her Instagram account to just that and one of her most recent posts reminded her 50,000 followers to stop being so self-critical.

Louise, who is a student at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, shared a side-by side photo on her @mybetter_self account to highlight how she sees herself compared to how others see her.

⚡️ I am guilty. I am here to always be completely honest, because I feel social medias need more of it. | As much as I preach self love and truly made some progress accepting myself, there is something I really struggle with : pictures. . . Whenever I see a picture of me, the first things which catches my eyes are my FLAWS. I always see what is wrong. "Too close". "My nose appears too big." "My legs look too white". "I look terrible" This is usually what follows when someone show me a picture they took of me. . . YET, I really do not look at people's flaws first when I look at a picture of someone else ! On the contrary, I tend to focus on their assets. . . So why not do the same with yourself ? We really need to learn not to be so harsh on ourselves. It is not healthy. I am going to work on it, and I hope you will too. 💛 _____________________________________ ⚡️ Je plaide coupable. Vous savez que l'honnêteté est une valeur que je chérie; et je trouve que ca manque sur les réseaux sociaux. | Malgré que je prêche l'acceptance et l'amour de soi et que j'ai fait de réels progrès sur le sujet, il y a quelque chose avec lequel j'ai toujours beaucoup de mal : les photos. . . A chaque fois que je vois une photo de moi, tout ce que je vois en premier sont mes défauts. Je vois toujours ce qui ne va PAS. "Trop proche" "Mon nez paraît trop gros" "J'ai l'air trop blanche" "Supprime" : ce sont généralement mes premières réactions après avoir vu une photo de moi. . . Pourtant, ce n'est pas du tout comme ça que je réagis quand je vois une photo de quelqu'un d'autre ! Au contraire, j'ai plutôt tendance à voir leurs atouts . . Alors pourquoi je l'applique-t-on pas à nous-même ? On doit vraiment apprendre à ne pas être aussi dur envers soi-même. Ce n'est pas sain. Je vais travailler dessus, et j'espère que vous aussi. 💛

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She pointed out that while others might notice her smile, her legs and her bum, she only sees ‘cellulite’, ‘back fat’ and a ‘big nose’.

‘As much as I preach self love and truly made some progress accepting myself, there is something I really struggle with: pictures,’ she wrote in her post. ‘Whenever I see a picture of me, the first things which catches my eyes are my flaws.’

Louise admitted that when looks at other people, she tends to focus on their assets, but this is something she struggles to do with herself.

So, in an effort to embrace her ‘become the best version of yourself’ motto, she’s hoping to change that mindset, and is encouraging others to do the same.

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However, as anyone who is often too hard on themselves will know, it’s not always easy to shake off this negative thought process.

‘In order to learn self-love and self-acceptance, there is no magical pill,’ Louise told Cosmopolitan. ‘Every time I catch myself despising one thing about me, I instantly replace it with something I like about myself.’

She added that fitness and sport have also played a big part in improving her self-belief. ‘It has helped me realise the power of my body and what I can accomplish. It helps with confidence too, especially when you push beyond your limits,’ Louise said.

‘Sharing struggles with friends is also very helpful, and following the right kind of people on Instagram, in order to have real role models to look up to!’

How do you feel when you are in a bikini ? 👙 I am asking YOU this question personally. Take 30 seconds to think about it. Because sadly, most of us do not feel comfortable at all. We are afraid people might notice this extra bit of fat. We are afraid to look lame next to the hottest girl of the beach. We are afraid not to be PERFECT. ⁉️⁉️ Seriously ??? Am I wrong ?? I feel this is too true and thinking about it, it is just crazy. Why on earth do we aspire to be something WE CANNOT BE and that no one can be ?? 😤 Wear your fucking bikini girl. Wear it proudly, rock your confidence, and shine brighter than anyone else on that fucking beach 💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻 ______________________________________ Comment vous vous sentez en maillot ? 👙 Je vous pose la question personnellement. Prenez 30 secondes pour y penser. Parce que, malheureusement, beaucoup d’entre nous ne se sentent pas totalement à l’aise dedans. On a peur que quelqu’un remarque ce petit extra bourrelet. On a peur d’avoir l’air ridicule à côté de la bombe de la plage. En gros, on a peur de pas être parfaite. ⁉️⁉️ SERIEUX ?? Avouez que c’est vrai ?? Et quand on y pense, c’est juste fou. Pourquoi on se met une telle pression pour être ce qu’on ne peut PAS être ?? 😤 Portez votre putain de bikini. Portez le fièrement, portez le avec confiance, et vous rayonnerez plus que n’importe qui sur cette plage. Amen 💅🏻

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Louise’s message on self-love comes after she shared a powerful note on body confidence earlier in the summer. ‘How do you feel when you are in a bikini?’ she asked her followers in July. ‘Because sadly, most of us do not feel comfortable at all. We are afraid people might notice this extra bit of fat. We are afraid to look lame next to the hottest girl of the beach. We are afraid not to be perfect.’

Her advice? ‘Wear it proudly, rock your confidence, and shine brighter than anyone else on that f*cking beach.’ That’s just the kind of inspiration we need to get through ‘bikini season’.

This article originally appeared on elleuk.com