We understand how hard body confidence can be. Body-shaming advertisements influence our social media, movies, shows, and even the way we talk and think about our own bodies. It’s hard to be confident! However, taking these seven steps will help you start the journey to loving your body.
Fix Your Social Media
Whether it’s obvious or not, social media is full of things that make you feel less confident in your body. Images are heavily edited to tone down thighs, get rid of stomach fat, and erase any skin imperfections, such as wrinkles or stretch marks. This can make you discouraged when you notice these “flaws” in your own body.
Instead of continuing to expose yourself to these negative posts, make your social media an uplifting, safe space. Unfollow an account anytime that it makes you feel insecure or bad about yourself. Instead, follow body-positive and diverse accounts that help you feel more confident and attractive.
Ditch the Scale
We’ve all been there–we get on the scale in the morning to weigh ourselves and our day is completely ruined by the number we see. We’re never happy with our weight, and always think we can do better.
However, the number on the scale or what size you wear doesn’t determine your worth or beauty! You are not a number. You are a person, and you are beautiful. Once you stop looking at the scale every morning, you can start to focus on loving your body just as it is instead of trying to change it.
Keep Mirror Affirmations
Even when you’re trying hard to love your body, looking in the mirror can feel discouraging. It’s easy to focus on the things that you consider to be a flaw rather than appreciating your beauty. Writing down affirmations on sticky notes and keeping them on your mirror can remind you to be confident. You might write:
• I am beautiful
• I deserve to respect and love myself
• My body does amazing things!
Start Reflecting on Your Strengths
Starting the journey to body positivity requires that you start to recognize that your body is perfect. One helpful step is starting a reflection journal. In this journal, you should begin by writing down all the things that you love about your body, such as your hair or smile. Whenever you start to lose confidence, you can reread the things that you love about yourself.
Next, write down all of the things that you consider flaws or imperfections. Then, write all the reasons why you should love these characteristics. For example, you have wrinkles because your body has been strong enough to support you all these years, or you have scars because your body has healed you. This will help remind you that your body is strong, resilient, and beautiful.
Revamp Your Closet
Just because you’re a certain size, body shape, weight, or look a certain way doesn’t mean that you can’t dress how you want to dress. Society may encourage you to wear certain clothes or styles, but you’re in charge of your closet. Donate anything in your closet that doesn’t make you confident. Instead, start wearing what you love. When your clothes make you feel happy, you’ll start to feel body confident.
Take Care of Your Body
A healthy body is a happy body, and in order to feel confident, you need to nourish and care for yourself. This includes:
• Eating food that makes your body feel good and healthy.
• Regularly exercising in any way, such as hiking, going to the gym, or taking a walk with a friend.
• Practicing hygiene, hair care, and skincare with products and routines that are best for your needs.
• Listening to your body, such as addressing aches and pains. For example, take care of your feet and relieve pain by cushioning your shoes with foot petals.
• Pampering yourself, including massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures.
Your Body Is Beautiful
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