If there’s one thing that just about every person on the planet has in common, it’s that we’re all at least a little bit self-conscious about our bodies. Most of us tend to go through our lives thinking we’re too fat, too thin, too short, too tall, too flat, too curvy, you name it! Whatever it is that makes your body unique, there’s a good chance that you’ve been made to feel that it’s not good enough. This often comes from the fact that we live in a society that is specifically designed to profit from you not really liking yourself or the way that you look. After all, the more you dislike your body, the more stuff you’ll buy to “fix it.” However, living that way is just going to make you miserable. With that in mind, here are some ways to start feeling better about your body!
Make some changes
As much as it would be nice to say that you should just instantly learn to love your body, that’s not really a realistic way of looking at things. For a lot of people, they feel as though if they just changed one specific thing then they wouldn’t feel nearly as bad about themselves. So why not try and make some small changes so that you can give yourself that jumping off point to start feeling more positive about your body. Simple things like trying to become more active and eating healthier to more drastic things like basic procedures to remove body hair can help give you that baseline of comfort with your own body to start feeling more comfortable with it overall. Just make sure that you don’t go overboard. Remember, the truth of body acceptance is that comes from inside you.
Look at yourself naked
Even if there are things about your body that you can change, there are just as many if not more that you simply will never be able to change at all. Because of that, the only real solution is to come to terms with them. That can be hard for a lot of people because we often try to hide the parts of our bodies that we don’t feel good about. One of the best things that you can do is incredibly simple but also rather difficult. Look at yourself naked. Really look at your body. If you can get used to doing that then your body will feel a whole lot less strange to you. You can come to accept the little flaws that you might previously have been incredibly worried about and you may even find yourself coming to appreciate them.
Selfies have kind of bad reputation for fostering a whole new generation of narcissism but that’s often a whole lot of exaggeration combined with people being worried about new technology. The truth is that selfies can actually be a great way to give a boost to your self-esteem. By taking pictures of yourself you’re able to dictate the angles, the lighting, and everything else. This offers you a sense of control over how you look that you can’t get when other people are taking your picture. It can let you learn which parts of yourself you actually like and want to highlight rather than spending all of your time focusing on the parts of yourself that you hate.
Ditch the celebrity magazines
Listen, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little celebrity gossip now and then but these kinds of magazines are almost universally toxic. They will often do things like drawing a big red circle around a female celebrity’s cellulite as though that’s not only something notable but something worthy of judgment. Seeing these beautiful people being judged might feel nice in the moment but it feeds into a cycle, both personally and within society, of us judging each other and ourselves every minute of every day. That’s just going to lead to more and more problems that you just don’t need or deserve.
A lot of the time you will see the world around you trying to tell you that learning to love your body is wrong in some way. Just look at how much hate many of the body positive movements have gotten over the last several years. Just remember that anyone who tries to tell you that you’re wrong for trying to learn to love your body doesn’t have your best interests at heart and, in all likelihood, is just trying to sell you something.