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Learn How To Be Body Positive – 7 Ways To Help

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There is more to our bodies than just aesthetics. They serve as a means of breathing life into and experiencing all that the world has to offer. Why then have we historically rejected bodies simply because they are different shapes, sizes, and functionalities?

 

As the body positivity movement has gained momentum and had an important influence on how people view themselves, the “one size fits all” approach to beauty standards has finally started to lose its appeal.

 

Finally, we are beginning to notice an increase in the number of people who are content and assured in their skin. These women do not want straighter hair, smaller waists, or bigger bums, and they do not want you to either.

 

You will need to figure out what works for you among the many ways you can work on body positivity. So, let us take inspiration from an author, body-positive activist, and social media sensation Megan Jayne Crabbe who has over 1.3 million followers.

 

We have compiled 7 of our favorite ways to remind ourselves that our bodies are gifts, not burdens, to get you started on your self-love journey.

 

  1. Write uplifting phrases on your mirror.

We feel the worst about our bodies when we are in front of a mirror. Post encouraging messages or positive affirmations like “I am enough,” “Love your body,” and “You are beautiful” on your mirrors.

 

  1. Remove your scale.

 

Self-weighing can turn into an obsession. The scale may affect your happiness and sense of worth. The weight you put on the scale only indicates how you interact with the earth’s gravity; it does not indicate your value.

 

  1. Avoid saying things to yourself that you would not say to your friends.

Asking yourself “Would I say this to a friend?” when you are criticizing your body will result in a “No” which will help you not to be so harsh on yourself. Treat your body with the respect it deserves!

 

  1. Acknowledge compliments with grace.

Being unable to accept praise is a form of self-deprecation. When someone compliments you, refrain from saying “Thank you, but…” It is sufficient to express your gratitude by simply saying, “Thank you.” You can also compliment someone back, but be careful not to diminish yourself in the process.

 

  1. Examine whether body hatred is beneficial.      

Does criticizing your body help you in any way? Does it improve your mood? Does anything alter as a result? Not at all, no. Why subject yourself to needless stress? When you speak these questions out loud to yourself, you’ll understand that body-shaming is a pointless effort.

 

  1. Avoid making comparisons to other people or your younger self.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

 

Everybody is unique, and as we age, our bodies undergo significant changes. To not look the same as we did five years ago is normal and healthy.

 

Being content and healthy in our current bodies is crucial. Just be(you)tiful instead of comparing yourself to others or even to yourself.

 

  1. Don’t tell your friend not to tag you in that photo.                 

Never do it! Recognize and appreciate your appearance in every circumstance. You do not have to appear “perfect” in photos.

 

Even if you do not think you look “good” in a particular photo a friend has posted of you, the people who will see this photo are familiar with you and are aware of your appearance.

 

So other than destroying your self-love, what could be wrong with posting a silly photo or a photo you might not entirely love?

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