With unrealistic beauty standards in today’s society set by social media, it can be extremely difficult to love your body and its ‘imperfections’. These 5 steps are small changes you can make to create a more positive body image.
1. Unfollow people on social media who make you feel rubbish
We’re all guilty of scrolling through Instagram for longer than we should and comparing ourselves to the images we see, so the first step to a positive body image is to remove people from social media who don’t make you feel good! Instead follow accounts such as Nelly London and Megan Carole who share body positive content, helping you to realise that your body is normal and beautiful, just the way it is!
2. Positive affirmations
Pay yourself compliments- be your number one hype girl! In the beginning it can feel strange, so start off by telling yourself one thing you love about your body to help reinforce a more positive mindset. Talk to yourself like you would a friend, there’s no way you would ever say something horrible them, so ask yourself ‘why is it okay for me to say this to myself?’.
3. Appreciate your body
Thank your body for what it does for you every day. It allows you to dance, play sport, laugh etc. Respect it by nourishing and caring for it- practice self-care!
4. Wear clothes that make you feel good
Don’t restrict yourself from the clothes you want to wear because you’ve been telling yourself ‘I can’t wear this because…’ or that you must lose weight before you could possibly look good in them. If you like it, wear it! Don’t hold on to clothes that no longer serve you. Donate them and treat yourself to some new items. When it comes to sizing, remind yourself that it’s just a number- clothes are meant to fit you, not the other way round.
5. Focus on your whole person
Don’t forget, that you are more than just your appearance. Remind yourself of the good traits you have and how much of a good person you are! You only have one life, love you for who you are!
Written by Bryony Ghai