Not too long ago, a phrase like ‘beach body’ easily took over the magazines and was used in a very pressuring way to promote certain slimming and anti-cellulite products. Then, we learned the hard way how such statements impact women negatively. The majority of women are not happy about their body shapes. They constantly compare themselves to models on magazine covers and social media bloggers and bit by bit they hate their bodies more. Gladly, the narrative has recently changed and things such as ‘beach body’ or the ‘perfect body’ have become politically incorrect. Also, several brands have become more aware of their role when it comes to the messages they deliver and redirected their focus toward body positivity. Loving your body is an integral aspect of your self-care and self-love journey. And here is where you need to start today.
1. Repeat positive affirmations to yourself.
When you stand in front of the mirror, instead of criticizing your imperfectly toned thighs or flabby arms thank your body for being able to carry you every day. Repeat sentences like ‘I’m thankful to my body’, ‘I accept my body and respect it for all the things it can do.’, and ‘You are beautiful. You are enough.’
2. Focus on healthier, not thinner
Don’t be obsessed with the scale and how much you weight. What should really matter is that you are healthy. Do not frame your body within a number. Instead, focus on eating the right food for your health, not your weight; exercise to get stronger not to drop kilos. When being healthy becomes your objective you will be less obsessed with how much you weigh.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others or to your younger self.
There are no standards for beauty. Everyone is beautiful the way they are. Do not compare how you look to others nor to how you used to look when you were younger. Every stage of your life has its own beauty and comes with its own changes. Embrace the change.
4. Dress according to your comfort not to your trend.
Just because something is trendy doesn’t necessarily mean it can fit every body type. Wearing something that suits you will make you feel more confident about yourself and your body. When you go shopping buy not the things that just look nice but rather things that look nice on you.
5. Surround yourself with positive people.
It is easier when you surround yourself with positive people who know how to pay compliments instead of criticizing all the time. You don’t need the type of people who keep telling you much you need to get thinner or gain more weight. Instead, you need people who promote self-acceptance and encourage you to only do what is right for you.