Television personality Nadia Essex spoke about her journey to accepting her body and overcoming body insecurities as she begins to date again.
Speaking to hosts Bobby Norris, The Only Way Is Essex star, and Brooke Odun, former contestant on The Circle, on Access All Areas, Nadia opened up about her struggles with body confidence after the pandemic: “Aesthetically, I feel I have lots of body insecurities. I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Oh’, because I’m not quite happy with what I see”.
The 39-year-old has found this particularly difficult since finally starting to date again, something which was on hold during the pandemic and due to her giving birth to her son, Ezekiel, in March last year.
Whilst Nadia is “working really hard on being happier with what [she] sees in the mirror”, she explained that it isn’t easy to overcome her internal negative narrative: “Because I’m bigger than I usually am, my brain is designed to be like, ‘look in the mirror, you’re fat, you’re ugly, you hate yourself’ – they are my go-to thoughts”.
The single mother-of-one chatted about her new book, ‘101 Tips For Dating After A Pandemic’, explaining how difficult it is to date following months of low confidence during lockdowns: “It’s hard to date when you’re not feeling your fabulous sexy self. It’s hard to date when you feel like a fat ugly frump, it’s hard”.
In an attempt to be more confident, the former ‘Celebs Go Dating’ dating expert has carried out a social media cleanse: “I’m following loads of body-positive people on Instagram and I’m trying to consume a lot of body-positive content”. She added, “I’m trying really hard to give myself a break and be like, ‘Okay, I’m not where I want to be, but also that’s okay’”.
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Listen to the full episode of Access All Areas, also featuring Lawrence Chaney and Ginny Lemon here