5 ways to fall in love with your body
If you dream to fall in love with your body you must know that this process takes time, commitments with yourself, and a lot of ups and downs. Nevertheless, it’s possible for you too to take this journey and make it an amazing one.
There are a few daily things that don’t take a lot of effort and energy and will play a major role in your self-love and acceptance. Therefore, our tips won’t demand big changes in your routine, or ask you to turn your life upside down. These are simple things that you can easily add to your life.
Fall in love with your body by embracing who you are!
Why is it so hard to fall in love with your body?
Before we get to the things you can do to start the journey of loving your body, it’s important to understand why you live in such a big struggle with it.
First of all, you are not the only one. Especially women, but also men, suffer from their aspect. It’s known that more than 95% of the women feel bad about their looks at least once a day. But why is that?
The body pressure is a social pressure that comes from advertising, tv shows, movies, fashion brands, the aesthetic industry, among others. Eventually, these ideas became so powerful that people don’t question them anymore. The more all of us look at a certain type of body, the more we get used to it and we start thinking of it as the perfect model. Since there is a lack of diversity, we created an idea of what should be a perfect body.
But guess what? There are millions of types of bodies, and it’s impossible that they will all fit in the same pair of jeans beautifully. Did you know that the problem is not on your body, but on the jeans? Nevertheless, the jeans example, like many others, only works to reinforce the frustration of not being as the girl in that outdoor.
Ultimately, everyone suffers from some level of anxiety and frustration about their physical aspect. People with all types of the body have insecurities and body issues, even though with different levels of suffering.
5 tips to fall in love with your body
As we previously said, to fall in love with your body is a process that takes time. You’ll have many bad days and throwbacks. Nevertheless, if you stick with it, little by little things will get much better. Feel free to create your own techniques, but check these out.
1. Embrace Diversity
We want the world to accept all kinds of bodies, we want to love our own bodies, but then we spend our time looking at skinny models or the strongest women. Right? Check your Instagram, your magazines, or the movies you watch and critically observe if there is a diversity of shapes, colors, expressions.
Looking over and over again to only a few similar types of bodies will make you think that you’re supposed to look like the girls on these photos or movies. To be in contact with diversity helps to be in touch with reality and to acknowledge the diversity of shapes and forms. That’s a step to be in touch with the real body you have.
Diminish the things that harm you and get in touch with healthy content!
2. Mind your words
You don’t like it when people are clearly looking at you to analyze your body, or you’d rather not listen to comments about your body. Nonetheless, when a friend loses weight, you compliment that loss and how skinnier they look. Or even, how clothes look so good right now on the other person.
It’s important to give compliments, but in fact, we end up reinforcing the weight of how our bodies look like. Try to give compliments without adding the body comments part, realize how you look at others, and let that help you to start reinventing your relationship with yourself.
3. Stop regretting the past
A common feeling for those who start a journey of self-acceptance is to blame themselves for wasting such a long time in a war with their own body. Although it’s common, it’s again a waste of time.
Whether you were once thinner and you didn’t enjoy it, or you just have the feeling that you could have started this path much longer ago, it won’t change your past. The thing to do is to start forgiving yourself. Every time you think how ignorant you were by living in such a painful pattern, try this. Think of that you from the past and tell her, or him, that everything is going to be ok. Embrace, give love to the one you once were, tell yourself everything is ok, you are taking care of it now.
Worst than all the time you have lost in the past, is to keep losing it because you are still living in the past. You wouldn’t be who you are if any of those things would have been different!
4. Say sorry to your body
It’s scientifically proven that our thoughts influence our bodies. Can you imagine the effects of spending years sending messages of disapproval to your body? Your body doesn’t feel loved, accepted, beautiful, worthy, blessed. And most likely, neither do you!
An amazing first step is to say sorry to your body. Touch it slowly while you keep repeating you are sorry, especially to those parts you have conflicts with. Keep doing it consistently over time and make peace with your body.
5. Thank your body
Take two minutes of your day to be thankful for your body. You can sit in meditation pose, or you can do it while you are walking on the street, cooking, or taking a bath, it doesn’t matter. Be thankful for all the amazing experiences your body allows you to live. You can walk, you can feel through your skin, you love, you taste good food, you dance, you see the world, all your experience passes through your body. As far as we are in this dimension, we wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for our bodies. Therefore, your body is your temple, your means to live, and it deserves to be loved.
Be patient with yourself, look for help and support, and admit there will always be bad days. But to those, you’ll have a good day, and with time, more good days than bad days. It’s time to start loving yourself.