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How to Embrace Body Positivity

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A potentially surprisingly high number of people struggle with disordered eating. A driving factor behind this issue is a complex relationship with the body.

Struggling with Body Positivity

Struggling with the way you see your body is completely natural but you can overcome it! Being body positive all the time might seem like a challenge. However, when you take the time to re-evaluate your relationship with your body, then you can work towards this way of living!

Look at yourself with love

Looking at yourself with love is the first step to improving your relationship with your body.

You have to realise and accept that you are perfect the way you are. You must also understand that the body you may envision will not make you a happier person or improve other areas of your life.

Take the time to notice things about yourself that you already love—things about yourself that make you happy. You might struggle with this at first, but stick with it. You’ll certainly begin to come up with a list of things if you really put your mind to it.

Looking at yourself with love will encourage a healthier state of mind when it comes to thinking about your body. Spend time affirming these thoughts in your mind or even saying them out loud. Be sure not to allow negative thoughts to seep into this process and if they do then take a deep breath and get back on track!

Nourish Your Mind

We talk frequently about nourishing our bodies, but it’s absolutely true that our minds need nourishment too.

Our minds are constantly taking in information from the things we see, the people we talk to and the sounds we hear. If this information is persistently positive than it is much easier to remain happy and confident.

When we exist like this—surrounded by positivity—it’s much easier to love ourselves and our bodies. This is because positivity is being encouraged. When negative interactions appear during the day then the potential to extend this negativity to all of our thoughts becomes very real.

Nourishing your mind in a constructive way—and being sure to avoid destructive situations and people—is essential in the journey to happiness. This in turn will help with your body image because this self-love will continue to grow.

Mix up your exercise routine

If you regularly turn to exercise in an attempt to align your body with the way you think it should be then try substituting a workout session for a yoga lesson.

Yoga teaches us relaxation and focus. It also teaches us that it is the journey which is important, not the end goal. Applying this thought process to your exercise regime will help you to apply it to every other part of your life.

When you stop thinking of life in terms of milestones to reach and specific achievements that you have to accomplish then you can truly just enjoy the path you are taking.

Overcoming Self-Criticism

Learning to deal with the negativity of other people can be tricky but it often pales in comparison to trying to deal with the criticism we hand out to ourselves.

We all have constant thoughts and feelings throughout the day but who can honestly say that the majority of these are positive? Hearing affirming statements of support and encouragement from other people can do a great deal of good to our confidence and the same is true of the things we tell ourselves.

The inner struggles of each person are of course different depending on their circumstances and aims in life, however, there are several things that are true for many people. These common self-criticisms are usually in relation to career progress, family life and self-image. Even the slightest incident or comment from somebody else might prompt us to start doubting ourselves in massive ways and it is also true that we begin these thought processes by ourselves with no outside influence!

What’s the problem with negative thoughts?

Negative thoughts are not only distracting but can also be incredibly damaging to our self-esteem. So how can we overcome this negativity and move towards a happier and healthier sense of self?

First of all, it helps to identify what you are feeling and to say it out loud to yourself. When these thoughts are trapped inside your mind they can quickly spiral into something worse. Saying it out loud helps to isolate the feeling and make it seem much less intense. You can then flip your statement around. For instance you can turn, “I have not accomplished what I wanted to at work today” into, “I tried my best to be productive today and tomorrow will be better”.

Secondly it is also beneficial to try and trace your negative thought back to its source. Try to figure out if someone in your life makes you feel that way or if there are certain behaviours that you indulge in that encourage these thoughts. Once you have a better idea of why these thoughts are occurring in your mind you will be better equipped to deal with them.

Finally, try to remember instances where you have previously overcome negativity and moved towards productivity. Remembering these times will help to boost your confidence and push any fears to the back of your mind! It is important to give yourself credit for your accomplishments instead of only concentrating on the things that have gone wrong!

This Post Has 37 Comments

  1. You have some really good methods and helpful advice! It’s sad how focused on the physical we are today-we hardly take the time to look past the imperfections to see the beauty within. I’m sure it’s a universal struggle we all work to eradicate within the confines of our mind. If only we could see how fabulous we are without needing validation from others

  2. awesome post! I love the idea that we ‘need to nourish our minds’ just like we do our bodies. I also think yoga is wonderful for combating negative body thoughts. Yoga shows me that strength and breath is what matters, not how I look in a pair of jeans.

  3. Such great ideas! It is a shame how our society and media promotes the “perfect” body image. I wish people, myself included, could see how beautiful they already are from the inside out. Your recommendation to do yoga is spot on. That is something I should start doing again.

  4. it`s all about the phcycological aspect. If you try to recieve positive things body reacts more proper than normally do, which means your body works in relax position and you stay happy. Which means body secretes some kind of hormones like serotonin etc. I don`t want you get confused by giving detail information but I can conclude that all diseases we know start with phcychologically in some respect. So, therefore mental health is of immense important for us.

  5. I would like to thank you for this entry because I myself have struggled with an eating disorder/negative body image. I am much more relaxed after reading this and I know all who read this will definitely appreciate it.

  6. Great reminder, I do try to avoid feeding my mind with ‘junk food thoughts’ – advertising and gossip articles just often reinforce negative thought patterns about how we ‘should’ look or what we ‘should’ buy.

  7. Fantastic advice 🙂 Self love is one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. If you don’t accept your body for what it is, why should you expect anyone else to? It starts from you, from within.

  8. Very interresting post rich with great advice to have a positive look toword our bodies no matter how we look. Actually, I believe having a positive outlook towards our selves & bodies is a key facter. Plus it is very important to keep surrounding ourselves with positive people who would value us as we are concentrating on our personality. After all, external looks do not last forever, what really matters is the beautiful personality. 😉

  9. We all have high days and low days… Through yoga I’ve found a constant balance, and the kind of perspective that means I’m conscious of the choices I’m making good and bad, and accepting of myself either way… Thanks for sharing the love xxx

  10. Really encouraging post. I use yoga first thing every morning and gradually it quiets the mind. I was badly injured in a car accident over two years ago and I tried to get back into more aggressive sports way too early. After discovering Yoga and meditation I have developed patience to listen to my body instead of constantly pushing myself.
    Yoga has been vital in my healing process as it brings my body into a relaxed state where true healing occurs. I love your idea of substituting a gym workout for yoga because that is exactly what I did, which accelerated my body’s healing process.
    Thank you for your post. Really enjoyed reading it.

  11. What a beautiful post. This is so refreshing to read as a teenager, as I often struggle with negative body image due to the pressure of looking good that surrounds us.

  12. I’d like to thank you for writing this. I recently lost around 4 stone and although I am much happier at my new weight I’m really struggling to see the positives with my body. I constantly think I can improve the way I look and am striving to achieve what is probably an un-realistic body image for my shape. I am a healthy weight and have a very good life (generally speaking) and my greatest wish is that I could just be happy with the way I am but it’s such a struggle. I am going to try and adopt some of the positive mantras and techniques that you mention in your blog and you never know, perhaps they will help me overcome my personal demons!

  13. Very insightful post; one which I can certainly relate to. I think the best thing we can do when it comes to our physical health, is to realize that it’s a balance between physical and mental. Learning not to hate our body is a process.

  14. Great post. Thank you for the reminder that we need to feed the mind, the body and the spirit and that being goal orientated can also be a detriment if you let it control you. Also reminds me I need to go finish that body image post I have been working on for the last year.

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