Everything you need to know about body positivity
We live in society, where they try so hard to make you feel bad about yourself. They make you think your body is not good enough, just so they can gain something from you. They want you to be insecure about your body, so you go and get things done to yourself, or buys pills or programs to look enough in their eyes. It is so wrong to make someone feel they are not good enough, just so you get something from it. And it is so easy to follow into this trap and even harder to get out of this trap. You got to be aware of what is happening and to always keep telling yourself you are good enough, and sometimes that can be hard and challenging. Let’s be honest most of us have been there at some point of our lives and sometimes it seems so impossible to get out of it. But luckily there is beautiful movement called “Body positivity” that will help you out with that. A movement that did wonderful things to many and can do the same to you too. So in today’s article I will be covering the following:
What’s body positivity
Why it is good for you
How you can practice it
P.S this is collaboration with thatnastsyfeminist so this article has two parts, she will be talking about body neutrality, make sure to read entire article to find out where to go to read part 2. If you have been enjoying my content, you will enjoy her content too, her aesthetic is everything. Just take a look at her blog and instagram, they are too beautiful!
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What’s body positivity:
We live in society, that thinks in their mind ideal body size is good enough. Their ideal body size is skinny, but also not too skinny, so anything else is just not good enough. Our society only celebrates in their mind the ideal body size and shames everything else. What our society fails to realise is that we are not designed to have their ideal body size. We are all different and our bodies are different. It is not possible to have the ideal body size and also it would be boring too. But sadly because of the way our society thinks, many people feel bad about themselves and feel they are not good enough. They also develop very unhealthy relationship with their body, which can’t be good for anyone. But also I get it, when you keep hearing it, of course you would think it is true.
Body positivity movement was created to empower and shed light on plus size women and men or any type of body that is not considered ideal body type. It is trying to destroy the false beliefs that our society created regarding our bodies. The movement avocados the acceptance of all bodies regardless of physical ability, size, gender, race, or appearance.
Goals of body positivity are:
- destroying false beliefs our society has about our bodies
- encouraging the acceptance of all bodies
- help people build the confidence and acceptance of their own bodies
- addressing unrealistic body standards
Body positivity focuses on teaching people to have healthy relationship with their bodies. By making them see beauty in their bodies and making them see unrealistic things they were taught by society. Teaching them for example that food is not an enemy, rather your bodies friend and that we shouldn’t be afraid of food. Or exercise even though it is seem as something good for you , body positivity teaches people that you don’t have to exercise. It high lights the importance of doing things that make you feel good, not making you do something. Body positivity is all about seeing the beauty in yourself and your imperfections.
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Why is body positivity good for you?
Not feeling good about your body, can damage yourself more than you think. When you don’t enjoy who are you or how you look, it will make you very unhappy. You will end up being in very dark place that can lead to depression. Or not loving your body can lead to eat disorder, which will damage your health. Having low self-esteem and not feeling good about yourself can’t be good for anyone, so there is when body positivity movement can really make difference for you. Having someone teach you that what you been taught about your body is false, and teach you that your body is enough will help you so much. Seeing all types of bodies being celebrated, will make you feel good about yourself. And not only will you feel good about yourself, but your confidence will increase so much. It has been proven that more confidence you have, the more you are willing to do things. When you have low-esteem you miss out on things while having confidence you are willing to do more things. Reading about it, watching and observing body positivity will make you love your body. You won’t be able to hate yourself, because of all the positivity and that is why body positivity movement is so powerful.
Good things about body positivity:
- Loving and accepting your body has been proven to decrease a chance of having a depression
- Body dissatisfaction has big impact on self-esteem, so practicing body positivity will improve your self-esteem
- Body positivity can also prevent eating-disorder and we all know eating-disorder is just very unhealthy
- Increasing your confidence, you will be worrying less what others things about you, and in general having more happy and healthy life
Before reading, comment down below: give us some ideas how to practice body positivity?
How to practice body positivity:
Yes you love this movement, and you are very impressed by it, but you don’t know how to start with it? How do you start applying it into your life? Because the movement is amazing, but it won’t do anything unless you start applying it and are willing to do so.
I think affirmations are one of the easiest, but yet the most powerful way of practicing body positivity. Go to Pinterest and search affirmations and pick the once that resonate with you the most. I would say pick 5 to 10 affirmations and then save it on your phone or make a board for it. The great thing about Pinterest is when you search affirmations, they will keep showing more and more, so you can always new affirmations. After you saved 5 to 10 affirmations, you will be reading them every morning before your breakfast. Saying positive words to yourself even though you might not fully believe at that moment, will over time shift your beliefs into believing it.
Follow accounts on social media that promote body positivity:
We need to be aware who we follow on social media. We spend a lot of time on social media, and we need to be only following accounts that make us feel good about ourselves. Seeing posts about loving your body and telling you all bodies are beautiful, will eventually shift your views on your body too. What you consume is going to impact how you think, so be aware of who you are following. Some can be amazing creator, but if they are not serving you well, you don’t need to follow them.
Drop all the expectations how your body should be:
Your body is here for you, to hold you, and shouldn’t be one way or another. It is your body and only body you will ever get, and you just need to accept it. Not only accept it when it looks good, but to always accept it. Learn to see beauty in your imperfections!
Stop comparing yourself to others:
One of the biggest mistakes you can make, is comparing yourself to others. Like we are all different and you can’t have her body and she can’t have yourself. So comparing yourself to others will just give you unrealistic expectations, and will end up making you feel bad about yourself. Instead of comparing yourself to others, how about you admire unique things about others and then mention unique things you admire about yourself.
Throw stupid fashion rules in the trash:
Our society made up this stupid rules like fat people can’t wear short skirts, or too revealing clothing. Also apparently bikinis, tank tops or crop tops are forbidden for people who are fat, like what? How about you mind your own business! If you feel like wearing bikini go for it. True fashionista will know, when it comes to fashion you can make anything work doesn’t matter how you look. Fashion doesn’t discriminate, it is the society that made up this stupid rules. So let’s unlearn this stupid rules, and wear what we want!
Have go to strategies when negative self-talk hits:
You can be the most confident person on this earth, but you will still sometimes deal with negative mindset and negative voices in your head. It is part of being a human, it is hard to control your mind. Even if you are very positive person, your mind observes what it hears and sees, and sadly you live in society that loves to bring people down, so sometimes you mind will be negative because of this. You got to have view sentences you can tell yourself when this happens for example:” I am enough”. You can also use for example bracelet that will remind you, you are enough. Whatever will make negative mindset go away, use it!
Consume everything body positivity:
You should be reading books about body positivity, watching movies about body positivity and listening to body positivity podcast. The more you consume the most effect it will be. You won’t be able to hate your body after consuming so much positivity. Check out my instagram stories, to find out great podcasts, movies and books about body positivity.
Take care of your body:
Nothing says more loving my body by taking care of it. Your body will feel good when you take care of it. If you feel too overwhelmed, take a break and take a day for yourself. Feed your body with quality food, and no that doesn’t mean having a toxic diet, but giving yourself a quality food. Also move your body, go walking or whatever exercise you prefer, and this is not promoting losing weight, but promoting healthy lifestyle. You don’t need to workout, but moving your body is a must. And of course taking care of your hygiene is also a must.
Body positivity is such a beautiful movement, that can help you improve yourself and your body image. Having healthy relationship with your body, will help you in so many ways. You really just got to start applying this movement to your life, because after you start applying it you can’t never go back. But body positivity movement is not only movement out there, that can help you when you are struggling with body image. There is movement called body neutrality, that can help you feel good about your body, and you can learn all about it on thatnastsyfeminist’s blog post: https://www.thatnastyfeminist.co.uk/post/lets-talk-body-neutrality-blog-post
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We did this collaboration in hopes to teach you guys about these two powerful and meaningful movements that can help you with you body image. I had so much fun doing this collaboration with this wonderful and unapologetic feminist that I can’t get enough of. If you haven’t checked her out yet, you are really missing out on something wonderful so make sure to check her out
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