From picture-perfect celebrities to regular folks, everyone struggles with body image issues. It’s true that you’re your own worst critic. A lot of us feel insecure in our own skin. We stand in front of a mirror and nit-pick every little flaw we see. Skinny people wish they were curvier while those with a curvier body wish they were a little slimmer. Very few people are happy with their own body and this tends to wreak havoc on their self-esteem and mental health.
According to a study published in the Social Issues Research Centre, around 80% of women are dissatisfied with the way they look in the mirror. That is an overwhelming number of people who have body image issues.
So just how do you start practicing body positivity? Read on to find ways to boost self-love.
Know That Everyone Comes in Different Shapes and Sizes
Just have a quick peek at your hand; no two fingers are the same. The world would be considerably less beautiful if everyone was made out of the same cookie-cutter mould. Here’s the deal: you need to stop comparing yourself with celebrities you see in the magazine or models on the runway. You need to accept that that is not the standard of beauty and that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
Practice Your Positive Self-Talk
Studies show that 70% of people indulge in daily negative self-talks. You may not pay much attention to it but the way you chastise yourself on little details end up snowballing into something big. You start believing that you are all those bad things and give up the hope of change. It’s important to pay heed to the inner monologue going on in your head. Lock the Negative Nancy inside you in a room and start thinking positive thoughts. Instead of thinking “I have fat thighs” start with “I’ll start doing lunges to tone up my thighs.”
Don’t Put Your Life on a Hold
A lot of us put a hold on experiencing amazing things just because we feel as if we don’t look the way we ideally should or until we hit that goal weight. Don’t pile on hard work upon hard work on yourself without any reward in return. If you’ve consistently worked out for a month straight, treat yourself to a weekend-getaway or a spa date. There’s no reason to wait until you reach a certain size to experience the things you’ve always wanted to. Your life is happening right now and you’ll miss it if you don’t live it to the fullest.
Health-Related Fitness Goals Over Size-Related Ones
Having certain fitness goals is a great thing! But the motivation fueling those fitness goals can make a big difference. When you set your goals, think about the WHY. “I don’t like the way I look” or “I want to fit into a size X jeans” are more or less unsubstantial goals. Connecting your fitness goals to deeper motivation such as “I want to lead a healthier life” or “I want to eliminate junk food from my diet” are more likely to help you follow through to the end.
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