In this day and age where we are haunted by the photo shopped images of models and celebrities, loving your body can be difficult.The shots in magazines and billboard that seem to bombard us are false representations of what those models actually look like in real life, but somehow it still feels that we are feel expected to live up to those impossible standards.
What we, as a society need to embrace is that there is no such thing as a perfect body, and trying to achieve one is setting ourselves up for failure. This is because perfection doesn’t exist, it varies from person to person, each human being has their own unique shape that should be embraced and not criticised or degraded. Your body carries you through life, and that is something to love.
Here are ways to practice loving your body:
• Do not compare yourself to others… ever. It’s hard to do, especially when it is done around us all the time, our standards for beauty are influenced by media, and popular culture. Through these channels, we develop negative feelings about our bodies by comparing ourselves to photoshopped pictures and glamorised movie stars who have millions of dollars to spend on plastic surgery and personal trainers (not that there is anything wrong with surgery, its just not something that is part of everyone’s reality). These images in magazines are created and altered by computers and are not realistic goals to achieve (even the models we see are made to look thinner and more flawless than they are in real life).
When you see an image in a magazine, commercial, or some other form of media, remind yourself that the image is fabricated. The person you are looking at has most likely been air brushed and altered…it’s not real, so you shouldn’t compare yourself to falsified computerised images.
• Give yourself compliments. It’s all about being kind to yourself, and to be kind to yourself you need to express love to yourself. You should treat yourself with the same kindness and respect you would with someone you love. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a compliment, be easy on your mistakes, and forgive yourself. Abandon the self-hatred, replace it with empathy and approval.
• Create a list of all the goo0d things in your life. Everyone has their own insecurities, but the key is focusing on what you like about yourself and what you love about your life. It can be easy to allow the negatives outweigh the positives, but creating a list can help you to prevent this.
Begin by discovering one thing that you love about yourself, no matter how small. When you are feeling more positive in that thing, recognise a second thing and so on. Create a list of things you like about yourself, and when you hear a negative thought, refocus on the list.
• Practice healthy hygiene. If you feel good about yourself, respect your body, and begin every day with a stimulating shower. Wash your face, and put deodorant.
• Wear comfortable attire that helps you to feel good. Your clothes should complement your current body shape. When you look good you feel good!