We are living in the Photoshop era. And living in this photoshopped era can make it really difficult to escape from body-shaming. Most of the times we start comparing ourselves with “slim and flawless women bodies”. Being a victim of body shaming and not having a positive body image for your own body often leads to disorders like anorexia and depression.
Having a positive body image cannot be done overnight; it takes time and practice. There are certain habits that anyone can pick up and exercise to reach a step closer to a positive body image.
Let’s go for some easy and effective ways to get a beautiful and positive body image.
- Limit your exposure to social media
Social media is the top initiator of body shaming. It starts the very moment you view pictures of models and friends who are slimmer than you. You begin to compare yourself to them and start hating yourself. You begin to feel conscious about your body your curves and begin to think that you’re not beautiful enough. This often starts to fill your headspace, leading you to be distracted from the world around you. For some women, this goes a step further, where they get so obsessed to maintain a “thin” body; they start skipping meals and become anorexic or bulimic. To avoid such a downward spiral, try to limit the usage of social media platforms and believe in yourself, love yourself.
- Stop neglecting your body
Stop neglecting your body because your body is your temple, your shield. Learn to accept it, the lumps, bumps, curves and all. Face up to your body and learn to love it. It doesn’t matter what size you are as long as you love the way you look. Stop being insecure. If you’re a person who avoids mirrors, it’s time for you to break that habit. Spend more time naked; this will allow you to view your body in a new light. Practice touching your body; study it. The more you get in contact with your body, the easier it will be to accept it the way it is. This will lead to a higher chance of developing a better body image.
- Break away from negative vibes
Everyone has friends, family or relatives that make mean comments on the way you look, the way you eat or the way you dress. This should change immediately. It may sound simple but it will take a great effort and discipline on your part to change their mindsets. Avoid relationships or friendships where the other person makes unflattering remarks about you or your appearance and tries to pressure you regarding your body. Their comments will only bring you down and make you feel bad about yourself. Avoid such toxic relationships and surround yourself with positive people.
- Create a healthy balance
You’ll feel better you develop healthy living habits that come naturally to you. Normalize your life by being regularly active and keeping yourself well nourished without dieting. Take care of your health, but don’t obsess over it or struggle for perfection. Find a satisfying balance of wellness and health that works for you at this time in your life and helps you live the way you want.
- Be size positive
Measurements like your weight or Body Mass Index are not sufficient methods of determining your health. Focus on your health and not on your weight. It doesn’t matter what your weight is, as long as you are healthy and have a fully functioning body. Respect the practice of size diversity. No two people can be the same. People are different to each other with respect to sizes, builds, colors and the faster you accept this, the easier it will be for you to be happy with your body. Your body size shouldn’t define how you should be. Whether you are a large woman or an extremely tall one, learn to radiate confidence and self-respect. This will not only help you achieve happiness; but also influence people around you who may be silently suffering from the same problems as you. Stay healthy, eat right and don’t fret what it may do to your body size.
- Practice Self-Acceptance
Having a negative body image is like having a critic in your head. And this critic is harsh, derogatory and ruthless and is bound to tear you apart at some point of your life. Comments like “I look disgusting” or “I’m so fat I can’t believe it” or “I don’t like these marks all over my body” will make you feel down and awful. The best way to tackle this issue is to stop criticizing yourself and start accepting yourself. Accept yourself as you are and not as who you wish you could be. It will take time, but it will be worth it as it will definitely provide you a life load of happiness.