We’ve all had those days. Those days where our tummy sticks out a little further than we would like. Those days when we literally can’t find anything to like about ourselves. Those days when we dream about a different body, a fitter body, a skinnier body, a fuller body, a taller body. For some people, those days are few and far between. For others, those days happen more often than they want to admit.
I’ve fluctuated between the two. There are some weeks when I feel at peace with my body, accepting its curves and its strength. There are other weeks (and months) when I can’t help but look in the mirror and wish for something else.
I wish I could say that I was 100% body positive, but then I would be lying. However, there are lots of things that I have done and changed in my life in order to become more body positive which in turn have improved my overall health and I want to share those with you.
Ditch the Negative Talk & Actions
The first thing I have done has been to completely stop thinking negative thoughts or saying negative things about my body. Every time I sense something negative coming, I quickly shift gears and think something positive about my body.
Example: “Ugh, my stomach looks reall-.” STOP. “Wow, my eyes are such a nice shade of blue.”
What this does is two things:
- It stops that negative thought before it is fully formulated.
- It distracts you from that negative thought and turns it into something good.
Say Goodbye to Unhelpful Social Media Accounts
For a long time, I followed a lot of women who were in my mind #fitgoals (which was mostly Victoria’s Secret models btw). I would scroll through my Instagram feed thinking again and again “Ugh, I wish I could look like that”. So instead, I unfollowed those accounts and instead followed body positivity accounts (some examples are sprinkled through this post!)
Don’t Diss Other’s Bodies
Part of loving your body is loving ALL bodies. You can’t do this if you are throwing negativity towards other people’s bodies. Accept, love and show kindness to every person around you–no matter their shape, color or build.
Get Rid of the Scale
If you are someone who religiously looks at the scale and is constantly dreading what you are going to see, get rid of the scale. Stop focusing on what the numbers say and tune in to how your body feels.
Remember All The Things You Love About Yourself
Create a list of all of the things that you love about your body or things that your body can do really well. Hang this on your mirror for a constant reminder of all the things you rock at.