We are constantly bombarded with images of “perfect” bodies in the media. As a result, many people feel ashamed or embarrassed about their bodies. In fact, if you don’t have a “perfect” body, it can be hard to love yourself.
However, it is crucial that we learn to love ourselves no matter what size we are. Here are some tips on how to do just that.
1. Do Not Be Obsessed with Weight
Instead of focusing on losing pounds, focus on how amazing your body feels right now. The number on the scale doesn’t tell you everything about your health or well-being, especially your small wins in keeping yourself in better shape.
To avoid obsessing over your weight, put down the scale and pick up some dumbbells. Learning to lift weights can give you a lot of body confidence and strength. You can also consider spacing your weigh-in in longer intervals. For example, you may step on the scale only once a week.
2. Focus on Healthy Changes, Not Weight loss
Many want to lose weight fast that they resort to harmful diets and exercise. First, you don’t drop significant pounds and body fat in a few days, let alone overnight. Multiple studies also showed that engaging in fad diets only leads to a rebound, where you are more likely to gain back everything you lost and more.
Instead, put your energy into doing incremental healthy changes, so these practices become more sustainable or transform into habits. For instance, with food, you can try swapping unhealthy options with healthier ones. Rather than running, you can walk at least two to three miles a day.
It also helps to find personal trainers who can create a holistic plan for you, champion for you, and support your goals to do things slowly but surely.
3. Stop Comparing Yourself to Everyone else
It can be difficult not to compare yourself to others, especially if you’re constantly bombarded with images of “perfect” models and celebrities. However, no two people and their body types are exactly alike.
Moreover, you don’t know what goes on behind the scenes of how these people achieved their bodies. What works for them may not work for you too.
4. Follow Self-Love Practitioners on Social Media
Social media can be a double-edged sword for people with body image issues. While it can be a source of discomfort, dissatisfaction, and anxiety, it can also teach and empower many women to embrace their bodies and love themselves.
In social media are self-love practitioners, who are very open about loving themselves. They share their struggles and victories when it comes to self-love, and they inspire people to do the same. While you are on your self-love journey, follow these individuals for inspiration.
4. Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food
It’s common for women to develop an unhealthy relationship with food when they don’t feel secure about their bodies. For example, some women restrict their diets to lose weight or “maintain” a certain size.
To develop a healthier relationship with food, consider consuming healthy options that you love to eat. Learn to manage your stress as often people turn to food to lower their anxiety and make themselves better.
As a drastic measure, do not bring unhealthy food into your home. Consider shopping in the farmers’ market or avoid junk food and processed food aisles. You can also buy their healthier alternatives.
5. Wear Clothing That Flaunts Your Assets
Most women are insecure about certain parts of their bodies, and that’s okay. Everybody has flaws that we’re not comfortable revealing.
However, you can choose to showcase those that you believe are your assets. If you have a large chest, flaunt it with clothing that shows off cleavage. If you like your legs, wear clothing that emphasizes them (i.e. tight pants). Flaunting what you love will make you feel more confident and help others see your beauty too!
6. Practice Digital Detox
One of the best ways to practice self-love and improve body image perception is to practice digital detox. Unplug from social media and limit time spent on your phone or device at least once a week. The longer the better.
While you’re doing this, you can read or journal, which will give you time to reflect on yourself and your practice of self-love. You can also teach yourself how to cook healthy meals, do yoga, or explore new places.
7. Show Gratitude
When you have a poor body image, you tend to nitpick on the flaws. You can turn this around by thanking yourself. Despite your body’s imperfections, it helps you achieve many things every day. You can drive, eat great food, earn money, and be physically there for your loved ones.
Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying thank you every morning. You can also keep a gratitude journal where you list down at least three things you appreciate for the day.
Body positivity is crucial for both our mental and physical health. By learning to love our bodies, no matter what size they are, we can begin to break down the societal norms that tell us that only thin women are beautiful.
We should all strive to be body positive not just because it’s good for ourselves but also because it’s good for society as a whole. Let’s work together to create a world where all bodies are celebrated!