10 Tips For Body Positivity
In recent years, the idea of body positivity has become increasingly popular. Body positivity is all about being comfortable in your own skin and believing you’re beautiful, regardless of what society says. But body positivity can be difficult to actually master in practice, and it can be hard to believe you’re beautiful when society constantly tells you otherwise.
Before you let these negative feelings get the best of you, take a deep breath and read this article full of tips on how to love your body the way it is.
10 Tips For Body Positivity
- Take a step outside of yourself
Sometimes we’re so caught up in how society thinks about our bodies we forget to be fully present with ourselves. It can help to step outside of your own head and take some time to comprehend the blessings that come from your body being exactly what it is.
Your body helps you live, breathe, move, and experience the world. You wouldn’t be able to taste your favorite food or smell flowers without it. So, take some time each day to notice the gifts your body allows you to have.
- Realize that your body is uniquely your own
No one on this planet has exactly the same body as you, and that’s what makes it beautiful. Your body is one of a kind, and it’s yours! So, to love it, you have to first realize just how special it is. You have to understand your own self-worth because you cannot begin to love yourself without first knowing how valuable you are.
- Forgive yourself for not being perfect
Your body is not perfect. We all look different from one another, and that’s what makes us beautiful. So, it’s okay to love your body the way it looks right now, but it’s okay also to adore the way someone else looks at this moment.
You are a beautiful human being, and if you can’t love the body you have right now, then it will be impossible to love it later. So, focus on the positive qualities about yourself instead of dwelling on the negative!
- Learn to take care of your body
If you want to love your body, you have to respect it. So, avoid restrictive eating habits, and treat your body kindly. Eat a nutritious diet, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep, to name a few things. When you take care of your body, it will start to love and respect itself — and that will make you more confident!
- Understand Your Body
Even if you don’t like it, it’s important to understand we are all different in so many ways. Some of us have a little more muscle than others. Some of us have thinner skin, some of us have thicker ones. And why? Because of genetics and other factors, most likely. Once you understand we are all different in so many ways, you will be able to stop trying to fit yourself into a box and instead accept the body you have.
- Be confident
In order to love yourself, you must also be confident. If you are constantly worrying about what other people think of you, it will ultimately affect your self-esteem. But if you are confident in what you have accomplished, and if you feel good about who you are inside and out, then those around you will see how happy and positive you are. And that’s an incredible thing!
- Identify what you value
To find the peace you so desire, you must identify what truly matters to you. Loving who you are at this moment will make it okay for you to love your body the way it is. It’s okay to be self-critical (sometimes), but it’s not okay for you to hate yourself! This can be very difficult to do at first, but it will become much easier with time and patience!
- Focus on the bigger picture
The reason why it’s so challenging to love yourself is because you are so focused on your flaws, and you are not thinking about anything else at the time. But when you realize there are more important things in life than how you look (like family and friends), it will be easier for you to actually start moving forward. So, try to think about these small but awesome things in your life, and see how it makes you feel better as a person!
- Stop comparing yourself to others
I’m sure you have heard that comparison is the thief of joy. If you are constantly comparing yourself to others, then you will never be happy. You will always find something that “needs improving,” and it takes up precious space in your mind.
When you compare yourself to others, you look at these “other people” as if they were better than you. But when you look at yourself as a whole, it’s easier to see how amazing and special you are.
- Look at yourself with understanding and compassion
If you look at your body in disgust, you do not see yourself for who you really are. You are not seeing the value of who YOU are to anyone else. Looking at yourself with anger and hatred will not lead you to any happiness. And that’s why it’s essential to look at yourself with understanding, love, and compassion. The way you look is not who you are!
The Power Of Body Positivity
Once you learn to love the way your body looks right now, it will be easier for you to move forward with your life. Not only that, but it will also be easier for you to love yourself in the future. You are not perfect; therefore, you do not have to be perfect. Learn to embrace your flaws and unique beauty, and you will find yourself loving yourself more and more with time.
Washington Psychological Wellness is proud to be an inclusive, affirming, and body-positive mental health practice. Our clinicians are passionate about supporting clients in their healing process and tailor their therapy approach to you as an individual.
If you are struggling with body image issues, self-esteem concerns, or negative body image, contact Washington Psychological Wellness for a complimentary 15-minute initial consultation to see how therapy can help you today!