It’s easy to feel insecure about your body. Don’t worry, there are ways you can love your body. These 8 tips will help heighten your confidence!
In today’s world of Photoshop, filters, and social media likes, the comparison game is strong. Pictures of perfect people in perfect settings doing perfect things can make us feel bad about ourselves.
When doubt and insecurity creep in, how do you learn to love your own body?
The answer is simpler than you think. All you need to do is take control of your own thoughts and actions.
Want to know how? Let’s look at 8 ways you can learn to love your body again.
1. Make a Positive List
We get it. Most of the time it’s easier to focus on the negative instead of the positive. But in order to love your body, it’s time to flip that around.
Write out a positive list. Think of all the great things your body lets you do, of all the positive things you’ve done, and all the great things that you plan to do in the future.
When you start feeling down on yourself, take that list out and remind yourself how awesome you and your body truly are.
But don’t stop there. Keep a daily gratitude list of things your body lets you do that day which made you happy.
Learning to love your body takes a daily, conscious effort. Keeping a positive list will help you do that.
2. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Good
There’s no doubt about it, when you love the outfit you’re wearing, it shows. You walk a little taller. You strut your stuff with confidence.
So stop waiting until you’re a certain size and start wearing the clothes you love now!
Go into your closet and throw out all the items that make you feel bad about yourself. If need be, go shopping… there’s nothing wrong with a little retail therapy.
But above all, wear clothes that reflect your personality. Wear clothes that make you smile. And wear clothes that make you love your body.
3. Know You Are More Than a Number
Unfortunately, so many people attach their self-worth to a number on a scale. To the size of their jeans. Or the number of likes their picture gets on social media.
It’s important to recognize those numbers are deeply limiting. You are so much more than a mere number!
Numbers can’t tell you how healthy you are, how happy you are, or how positively you can affect others around you. They also can’t tell you how capable of achieving your goals you are.
Do yourself a favour and step away from the bathroom scale. Buy clothes that fit well, not based on their size. And forget about what everybody else thinks.
Let how you feel guide you instead.
4. Remove the Body Shaming Triggers
Have you ever been feeling great about yourself, then something you saw or heard suddenly sends your body image down the drain? Next time that happens, take note – those are your body shaming triggers.
It can be anything from social media accounts, magazine images, words from a song, or something you see on TV. It’s anything that makes you feel bad about yourself and how you look.
Remind yourself that whatever you saw or heard is likely portrayed better than it really is in real life. Then remove those triggers from your daily life completely.
Once they’re gone, you can focus on loving your body without all the filtered images and unrealistic expectations. Those distractions can’t hold a candle to how awesome you are.
5. Find an Exercise You Enjoy
Exercise is not about getting skinny. It’s about getting healthy. So stop forcing your body through an exercise routine you hate, just to fit a standard, and do something you enjoy.
This may take some experimentation, but find an exercise regimen you like to do. And it’s ok to think outside of the box. It could be dancing, walking, an aerobics class, or any number of things.
When you find something you look forward to doing, exercise will no longer be about changing your body because you hate it. It will be about having fun and getting healthy.
6. Mirror Positivity
Looking into the mirror every day is a necessity for most of us. But avoiding that negative inner voice when we see our reflection can be tricky.
Don’t listen to it. Drown it out with your own positive words instead.
Tell yourself that you love your body. Tell yourself how awesome you are! Find something about your appearance that day that you can compliment.
If you feel too silly talking to yourself, post notes of gratitude and positive reminders on your mirror. Or get friends to write their own thoughts of you if you need to hear it from others.
Either way, make looking into the mirror an uplifting experience instead of a depressing one.
7. Find Your Body Loving Tribe
You are who you surround yourself with. So make sure you’re surrounding yourself with confident, loving people who don’t make you feel bad about yourself.
It’s easy to shame your own body if friends are doing the same about themselves. Or if your friends are putting others down, those remarks can linger, making you wonder how you fair in comparison.
Don’t play that game. By choosing more positive people to have in your life, the more positive you will feel. And when that happens, you’ll fill your life with more happiness and stress less about your body.
8. Talk to Yourself Like a Friend
Self-talk doesn’t only help when you look in a mirror. It helps anytime you start having negative thoughts and feelings.
Imagine your friend is talking down about herself. You wouldn’t let that happen without defending her, right? You’d tell her how amazing she is.
So why aren’t you doing that for yourself? Talk to your negative thoughts like you would a friend. Any time doubt and self-loathing come to mind, fight it off with your own words.
Learn to Love Your Body for Who You Are
Self-love involves accepting yourself for the amazing person you are. And with these tips, you can learn to love your body and yourself all over again.
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