Learn How to Love and Accept Your Body

In today’s fast-paced, media-obsessed environment, it can be very difficult for a lot of us to really care for ourselves. We see the images of Instagram stars, celebrities, and airbrushed images of models in magazines, and unless we completely fit all of the crazy standards, we end up feeling inadequate and unattractive. It’s not a very fun way to go through life, always fretting, always feeling like we’re not enough and that we have to change every aspect of ourselves just to fit in. Hating your body for its imperfections tends to only lead to misery and growing insecurity that ends up messing with our social life and our emotions, and it just has to stop. You need to learn how to love your body more, and we’re here to show you how.

Take a break from social media

It’s very easy to get lost in social media once you submerge yourself into that glittery world of filtered photographs and perky personalities that are trying to convince you that their life is amazing at every step. Everyone presents a certain image and no one is quite who they are in real life. It’s also easy to forget about real problems because all you’re doing is stressing over your own image, over likes, over hyped up trends. For your own sake, take an occasional break. Instagram won’t run away anywhere, Twitter will still be there. When was the last time you went out for coffee and ice cream with your friends without spending at least an hour of your outing taking selfies and pictures of your food? Living on the internet tends to have a nasty side-effect of making us hyper-focused on appearance and on other people’s lives rather than our own happiness.

Let go of toxic people

Sometimes it’s a “friend” who likes to smile condescendingly as they look at you, sometimes it’s our family member, but most of the time it’s a random stranger. On the internet. And you’re letting that random stranger, who spent maybe two seconds to type out a mean comment, ruin your whole day. Two seconds of their time for your whole day. Does that sound right? Probably not. Let toxic people go, because anyone who thinks it’s fun to put others down is really not worth your time.

Start respecting every body type

Especially your own! “Thin” is not the epitome of health and beauty, and it’s not the single thing everyone needs to strive towards. Respect strength, respect curves, respect people who are too short or too tall. Be impressed with your own body and the way it moves, the way it looks, be impressed with how unique it is. You do not need to fit into one uniform category to be considered attractive.

Realize that it’s all up to you

It’s normal to seek approval from others, but ultimately, others aren’t living your life, you are. Whether you want to change something on yourself or remain exactly the same, it’s up to you. Do you like going bare-faced and wearing makeup feels stressful and tiresome? Girl, then don’t use it. Are you insecure about your cellulite, or your saggy boobs, or your stomach fat? Then remember that you can absolutely change it if you want to. Start exercising, eat more cooked food, talk to a plastic surgeon. You can check out breast lift cost and see what kind of budget you’d need to make an appointment. What you do with your own body is pretty much nobody’s business. If you want or don’t want to do something and another person has a mean comment about it, ask yourself: are they paying your bills? No? Then they don’t get a say.

Compliment your sisters

Girls are great. Girls of all shapes and sizes are wonderful, and sticking together with your sisters and lifting each other up is so positive and heart-warming that it can help you defeat your insecurities. Compliment your friends and enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces, and let them do the same for you. Embrace your femininity because it’s quite a powerful thing.

Indulge in self-care

A nice bubble bath here, a little sheet mask there, use the little beauty rituals to relax you. Pamper yourself and practice kindness while you do it – look in the mirror and smile, say something positive and sweet. Be nice to yourself! You deserve it.

And most of all, remember to take a look at yourself and notice all the good things. Don’t focus on the flaws! Focus instead on all the pretty little bits that make you unique and celebrate them.

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