Body shaming is the worst thing you can do for yourself. Hating your body for a bit of cellulite or a round tummy is only going to get you further away from your goals and overall wellbeing.
It is painful and disheartening to see so many people dislike their body shape and have no self-esteem because they don’t fit a certain social ideal (that hardly anyone can obtain.) It’s worth mentioning that we’re talking about a social ideal of this century only. Earlier in history, it was not strange for overweight and obese women to be adored and considered the symbols of beauty.
Beth Ditto, a famous singer, actor, and activist is one of the first public figures to speak about body positivity even when the number on the scales is not a preferred one. She talks about the importance of self-acceptance and promotes self-love in an empowering way. In today’s perfection-obsessed society we all need a bit of that, don’t we?
It’s time for a change, and to free ourselves from the cultural pressures and harmful ideals we should start with our own perceptions and learn to embrace our body shape.
Nurture a Healthy Relationship With Your Body
Obsessing over the body’s little imperfections is something that many people around the world do. Negative body image often leads to avoiding particular events and activities like going to the beach since we are ashamed of being seen in a revealing swimming suit.
Insecurity about the way we look can lead to intimacy issues too. Losing confidence affects our entire social life since we may stick to the old and familiar where we feel safe, instead of pursuing things we really want to. Spiraling into negative thinking can get people moving and starting a diet, but these efforts are not likely to give any long-term results.
When your actions come from the inner criticism and damaging thoughts – you are setting yourself up for failure. People struggling with weight issues for years and yo-yo dieters are the ones that lack self-acceptance.
Don’t buy into the perfection imperative we are bombarded by society. Cultivate body positivity instead. Moving toward a better mindset and embracing your body shape is the moment when the dots will start to connect.
Fuel Your Body Properly
Eating right is vital for good health and longevity. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. So naturally, if you are filling your body with nutritious whole foods you are likely to feel good from the inside out.
If you’re concerned that you are not getting enough essential nutrients, make an appointment with your local nutritionist to put together a plan that is right for you.
Practicing mindfulness regularly will help you provide your body with true nourishment and overcome cravings and urges we all face.
You know that moment when you feel you have to eat that chocolate cupcake? When you learn to recognize your body’s subtle signals you will realize you are just tired and need some extra energy or you are anxious and looking for a way to decompress. In saying that, if you want the cupcake, eat the cupcake.
Get Your Body Moving – for the Right Reasons
There are numerous options to be active and get more energy, get a better night’s sleep, and even boost productivity and mental clarity. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to achieve all this. You can reduce stress, enhance mood, deal with back pain and even prevent some serious health issues like osteoporosis with an active lifestyle.
Yoga, weight lifting, running or moderate-intensity exercises are all great options to get stronger and more in touch with your body. Working out with body-positive reasons in mind will keep your motivation in check. And if you are starting from a better mental place you are more likely to stick to the fitness regime. Be grateful to your body for serving you well, respect its limits and ditch the judgment.
Learn to Listen to Your Body’s Cues
Getting in touch with your body will help you recognize the needs you may have been ignoring for a while. Also, understanding and managing emotions will help you on your journey to better health. This is where the mindfulness approach really kicks in. Even if you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin at the moment, start developing a practice of honouring and respecting your body.
Seeing your body as a partner will help you reconnect and learn to listen to its true needs. Treat your body well, both inside and out. Your own perception can either drag you down or give you the push you need to thrive. That’s why self-love is important for good health.
Embrace your body shape, love yourself and get out there! There is a world of opportunities waiting for you.