Maintaining a positive body image
Self-esteem is important and can have a big effect on confidence.
It’s important to remember that testosterone therapy can have an effect on the symptoms affecting your body image and so these changes may not be permanent.
In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to help you feel more positive about the way you look:
- Dress to impress. If you have gained weight or lost muscle mass you may find that your clothes don’t quite fit like they used to. Regardless of your body shape/size, wearing clothes that fit you properly shows others that you put time and effort into your appearance.
- Exercise to feel good. Of course, exercise plays a part in helping to lose unwanted weight. However, studies have shown that regardless of whether exercise leads to weight loss, it can help you feel fit, which can increase your body confidence.2
- Pay attention to your body language. The way you see yourself isn’t always the same as the way others see you and body language can play a part in this. Adopting a good posture, as well as maintaining eye contact and smiling when talking to people are simple tips to help portray yourself as confident. This may help to reassure you that others aren’t in fact thinking poorly of you, so you can also feel good about yourself.