Love Your Body, Now!

Do you love your body? Why or why not?

It’s a big, reflective question to ask yourself. Most of us could probably come up with some things we’d like to change.

Though poor body image isn’t isolated to women, the statistics show that it’s certainly a global issue for females of all ages. And with the prevalence of photoshopped ads and media all around us, it’s no wonder we haven’t learned to love our natural, varied bodies.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to do just that!

Make body-love a daily practice.

If you’re in the habit of thinking and feeling negatively towards your body, listen up.

Breaking habits and forming new ones isn’t impossible. It just takes time, practice, and perseverance. By committing to a few minutes of body-love practices a day, you can chip away at those hard-wired, negative thinking patterns

Need some ideas?

  • Spend a few minutes in front of the mirror and repeat a loving phrase to yourself—e.g. “I am lucky to be alive in this body” or “I am worthy of love, just the way I am.”

  • Give yourself a hug! Seriously. It feels good.

  • Make time for pampering: give yourself a foot massage, dry-brush your skin, and enjoy mindful skin moisturising.

Meet negative thoughts with positive ones.

As you begin to break old habits of negative body image, you will inevitably slip back into old criticisms. That’s ok. Retraining your brain takes time.

Instead of feeling irritated that you’re slipping back into old ways, meet each negative thought with at least one positive one. For example, if you think “I look horrible in these jeans,” counter it with “I choose to shift my perspective: my hair and skin look fabulous today.”

Don’t over indulge in media and comparison.

Comparison can be a seductive state of mind. It’s easy to get wrapped up in observing others, wishing and wanting to be and look like them. But there are many dangers of doing this, including damaging your ability for self-love and acceptance.

Think health, not appearance.

Make good physical health your motivation. A focus on wellbeing is a more profound motivating factor than appearance. It will also help you think clearly about beauty practices that may be harmful for your health, simply for the sake of aesthetics.

Move your body!!

When you’re feeling motivated to improve your physical health—move that body! We can’t stress this enough. It’s no secret that exercise improves mood and wellbeing. Movement, building strength, and improving flexibility is amazing for building a positive mental body image. It’s also fun to experience the world through the skin you’re in!

This doesn’t mean you have to fork out for a gym membership. Check out simple exercises in our Fitness section for more insight on how to get moving. And hey—you can also just dance around the house!

Life would be so boring if we all looked the same. Don’t be scared to embrace the unique you, and love yourself now.