Body image has always been a thing I have struggled with, along with a lot of other people too I’m sure. We only get one specific type of body type slapped in our faces from when we are really young. And if we don’t fit within that type we are made to feel as though we aren’t beautiful. I’m here today to share some tips with you on what I’m actively doing to help build that positive thinking process about my own body image.
These tips might work for me, they might not work for you. But I hope they help in some way. Remember there are always people you can go and speak to if you feel like you cant get past the things you are feeling. Speak with friends, family, a professional or send me a message. I’d be so happy to talk to you about this, as its something thats so important to me.
LOOK AT WHO YOU FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA
It took me a while to realise how important this is. If you think about it, who you follow on social media determines the type of content you are digesting. I would sit for hours comparing myself to models, fashion influencers and people I knew who to me, had “perfect” bodies. This did me no good whatsoever.
Even though it took me a while to figure out what I needed to do, I did it. I unfollowed those accounts that made me feel bad about myself and followed those who promote bodies like mine. Bodies who show the imperfections, who show stretch marks, rolls and belly fat. Here are just a list of a few that are my ultimate favourite, I’ll include links to their Instagram accounts:
EAT FOOD TO FEEL BETTER
For me, what I eat is a reflection of how I feel. I tend to eat more unhealthy food if my mental health is bad or if I’m just generally having a bad day. Now I’m not saying let’s all be super healthy, plant based vegans who only eat fruit and vegetables(unless you want to of course). But theres a difference between eating healthy to lose weight because society told you that you should and eating healthy to feel good. And at the moment I am solely eating food to feel better, and it really works.
One thing that we need to remove from our vocabulary as a society is that unhealthier foods are labelled as “bad” or “naughty”. By doing this, we are subconsciously making ourselves believe that eating these types of food is bad or wrong. It’s not bad. If you want a burger or chocolate then you have it. Let’s get out of that habit of labelling unhealthy food as bad, and healthy food as good. Everything in moderation.
BAD BODY IMAGE DAYS ARE OKAY
I recently read a post that Alicia Mccarvel posted on Instagram. She had taken a photo of herself in a crop top and shorts. She said the day she took that photo she was having a really bad body image day, she wanted to wear the crop top and had to planned to wear it that day. But her own negative thoughts got in the way and she ended up changing her outfit. The next day, she went back and looked at the photos she took and her whole perspective changed. She liked what she saw.
She then goes on to say how she “used her body as a punching bag”. She was just having a bad day and she took it out on herself. She embraced the bad day she had, came back the next day with a new state of mind and its like it never happened. What a lesson for us all to learn. There are so many other external factors that can effect how we feel about ourselves, which is why its so important we be careful what we allow our eyes to see online.
BE KIND TO YOU AND YOUR BODY
Your body is your home it carries you every single day. It allows you to walk, talk, love, breathe. Respect your body, respect the home you are placed in. Be kind to yourself, love yourself for who you are. What do we do when someone we know is having a bad day? We lift them up with love, support and kind words. Why do we not do this when we are going the same thing? We should be uplifting ourselves through those times when we feel like we are not enough.
I really hope you take on board the things I have discussed in this post. It is such a process learning to love who you are and your body. It can take such a long time to do, and I think you never really get to a place of total peace with yourself. But it’s about the journey.
Do you love the skin you are in? What do you do on days when you have low self confidence?
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