Body positivity is something that we’re hearing more of every day and with healthy eating plans, effective workout regimes and positive mantras, more of us are doing our best to take a happier stance on the way that we view our bodies. Often, however, the task is easier said than done and despite doing our best, we can leave a workout session feeling worse about ourselves than we did when we came in. What if there were another way, though? By approaching our fitness routines in a different way, we can feel more positive about the way we look and walk with a spring in our step. Ready to get confident? All it takes is a little time.
- Focus On What You Can Do
So often, we focus on the way that our bodies look, using our physicality as a way of giving ourselves meaning. Looking at our form in this way, however, can have a hugely detrimental effect on the way that we think about ourselves and over time, we might feel all the worse for it. Instead of focusing on how your body looks, think about instead exactly what it can do. How strong are you? How healthy and happy are you? A body that is able to perform without any issues is something to be proud about and even if we aren’t sure about the way we look, we should always be thankful for the way we feel.
- Be Kind To Other Bodies
In order to be truly kind to ourselves, we must also think about how we perceive the bodies around us. Shaming other people for the way they look can only come to bite us at a later stage, leaving us feeling all the worse about our own bodies. Appreciating the differences in the people around us can be a great way of understanding our own unique qualities and celebrating them. Just because someone doesn’t look how we imagine they should, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t beautiful.
- Reframe Your Flaws
Everyone has parts of their body that they don’t like and rather than looking at what they represent, many people choose to cover them up and hide them from prying eyes. Our scars and marks are evidence of a life lived and while they might not always be the most pleasant symbols, they show us how our bodies can adapt and thrive against whatever life throws our way. Look at your flaws as evidence of exactly what you have done and lived through. You might start to think about them in a different way.
- Take A Compliment
For many of us, hearing a compliment is something that we dismiss without even thinking about it, batting away what the other person has said before it’s even had time to sink in. Accepting compliments might seem like an alien thing to do but in fact, it is one of the most important ways we can start to feel positive about ourselves. Simply saying “thank you” can be enough; you don’t have to justify why someone might be saying something complimentary.