Body positivity can be one of the hardest habits to practice. Regardless of what kind of home you come from or how hard your parents worked to give you a health self-image, women are under a lot of pressure to look a certain way. It takes a lot someone to hear all the negative comments from society and peers, and still love their physical form. And on way to push away the negativity is to test out a few ways to feel more body-positive in one day.
As the mother of two amazing daughters, and as a woman myself, it’s important to encourage body positivity. But in can be challenging to retain a feeling of self-worth about your body when you're greeted with oversized breasts stuffed into lingerie and perfectly glossed skin around every corner of the street and the Internet.
Being body positivity is a process, so don't get down on yourself if you have a day where you seriously feel like you'd get a boob job if someone would just pay for it. The point isn't to pretend you are a towering ideal of body esteem, but rather to keep your self-worth in mind in your everyday life. Here are seven little ways to be more body positive each and every day, and to teach others to feel the same.
1. Focus On What Your Body Can Do
Focusing on all the amazing things your body can do not only takes the attention off aesthetics, but also adds gratitude to your day. And studies have shown that gratitude can increase overall happiness.
2. Cut Out Crap Media
Avoiding publications and television shows that promote the "perfect" body will keep you from comparing yourself to other women (who, by the way, might be heavily photoshopped.)
3. Find A Partner Who Loves Your Body Exactly How It Is
My husband has only showered me with love and praise when it comes to my body. This is the kind of love everyone deserves. There are many men and women out there who like many different types of bodies, and the key is to not get serious about a partner who don't love (not just like) your type.
4. Don't Insult Other Women's Bodies
By putting down someone's appearance, you reinforce the suffocating idea that there is one "right" way for a woman to be in her body.
5. Wear Clothes That Make You Feel Good
If you look good, you'll feel good. Wear what you think looks good on you, regardless of what society says.
6. Follow Body Positive Figures On Social Media
Use social media to your advantage. There are plenty of body positive accounts to follow on Twitter and Instagram that will remind you to always think highly of yourself.