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Sometimes it's hard to understand the concept of body positivity and self love when you look at magazines and social media, which bombards us with images of perfect women who are endlessly photoshopped to have the perfect bodies. But the truth is that they don't really look like that in real life- no one looks like that! Women, just like men, struggle with body issues, with self-esteem and confidence issues, too, but here are some steps you can take to build your own body positivity and self love experience.
Learn To Appreciate Your Body
Loving your body is not something that can be achieved overnight. First, you need to learn to appreciate it. Start by identifying one or two features of your body that you’re proud of. If a part of your body is particularly special to you, for example your hair, take a moment each day to focus on it and think about why you like it. Even better? Give yourself a self-esteem boost by focusing on these great attributes in front of a mirror – in other words, compliment yourself!
Do Not Compete With Anyone Else
Comparing yourself to other people is one of the biggest reasons for not being happy with your body. Comparing yourself to others will always leave you unhappy as there will always be someone more beautiful, skinnier, or happier than you. Instead learn to love who you are and what you look like. It is about feeling confident about everything about yourself, even your flaws.
Stop Trying To Look Like Someone Else
We’re bombarded with images of ideal body types on a daily basis. But, who says these are ideal? Someone in Hollywood, that’s who. Stick to your natural body type; it’s much healthier for you anyway. You can decide to have better self-esteem without giving up lattes, car rides or eating out at restaurants occasionally! Remember that we're all built differently—embrace it! Stop obsessing over numbers like BMI, dress size and weight. Your health is so much more than just a number on a scale! Body positivity means being happy with yourself no matter what others think. Be true to yourself, love yourself first. If you want people to accept you as you are then accept yourself as well.
Set Small Goals
Have you ever started a diet or fitness program with good intentions, only to find yourself in week 3 wishing you could just quit? That’s because you started out too aggressively. If you’re new to exercise, start small. Don’t try to run an ultra marathon on your first day of running! Start by doing something like walking for 5 minutes 3 times a week, then slowly increase from there. Set mini goals (ex.
Practice Kindness Toward Yourself
In order to truly love yourself, you have to be comfortable with your body, but it’s not always easy. Some of us have been taught that we need to hide or change parts of ourselves that don’t meet society’s ideal in order to be loved and accepted. But no matter what your body looks like or where you come from, self-love is possible. First thing is first—cut yourself some slack!
Get Help When You Need It
Even strong people with good self-esteem still struggle at times. If you’re dealing with an eating disorder, body image issues, or negative feelings about your body that are impacting your health and happiness, get help. Don’t let it go. Get counseling, join a support group, or turn to family or friends who can support you in facing these challenges. It’s worth it to take care of yourself!
Have Fun And Enjoy Life!
Life is meant to be lived. We should feel grateful for every moment of every day. Every moment is an opportunity to learn, grow, and enjoy ourselves. Do not compare yourself with others; do not try to be like everyone else. Instead, focus on what you want to achieve in life. Make a list of things that make you happy and take steps towards achieving them. Don’t forget about your body! Learn how to love it as it is now and make small changes that will help you reach your goals. Remember that true beauty comes from within!