You know, your body is one thing you CAN change about yourself if you are bothered so much by it. Join a gym. Better yet, just find a few exercises you can do in your own privacy. Take brisk walks, change your eating habits if you feel you’re overweight. You may feel better about yourself after some months of consistent exercise.
That being said, a lot of the times we focus on things that either aren’t really there or aren’t there to the degree we think are there. Or, are things that other people do not even notice or focus on.
I used to have major issues with speaking in groups (even in my own circle of friends; I had no problem one on one), thinking that people were constantly scrutinizing my words, or the way I spoke. It got really bad in my mid to late 20s when I’d get major anxiety attacks just before a work meeting and then feel the heat of embarrassment when I had to speak.
Eventually, I just came to terms with the fact that not all eyes are on me. I mean, yes, at that moment they are, but everyone’s life was not hinging on what I had to say. If I was putting forth a bad idea, no big deal that it got shot down, I wasn’t the only one who had the occasional bad idea. If I got a little nervous and stumbled, it wasn’t the end of the world, it happens to others as well. I realized that it was very probable that half the time I’m sure the thing on people’s minds during these meetings is when the damn thing was going to be over or when is lunch or a dozen other things that have nothing to do with ME.
Not sure that example is exactly analogous, but my point is that we are too hard on ourselves sometimes and focus so much on these things without taking into account that we’re not alone. Even people who appear to have it all have self-doubt; feel ugly at times; feel like they are not intelligent or charismatic enough; feel like complete failures. Here’s the thing about failure: you can always try again. And we can always improve ourselves if we put in the effort, but take it one day at a time and do it without the pressure and expectation and when you are totally ready to.
I really like the idea of reinventing oneself. Within reason - we can’t force ourselves to change into completely different people or change over night. Take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, no matter how mundane or useless it may seem. Focus on little things. Sometimes we have such GRAND expectations and then end up with major heartbreak or disappointment when things don’t go our way. Focus on the small pleasures, the little things that bring you some small measure of joy.
It’s fantastic that you’re STILL HERE.