Throughout life’s ups, downs, and in-betweens, your body is with you every step of the way. It is one of your only true constants in life. That makes treating it well and loving it as much as possible extremely important. Often times, loving your body goes way past eating well and exercising regularly. It means adopting a mentality that allows you to truly appreciate yourself.
As women, there are tons of things that keep us from truly embracing out beauty. Societal beauty standards, unfair expectations, and even our own opinions are often a huge detriment to self-love. During a time when appreciating your worth can be especially hard, it can be radical for women to express complete confidence in themselves. As we move forward into this new year you should take the time to love yourself and your body more, starting with these 5 easy tips.
1. Acknowledge Everything Your Body Does For You
From allowing you to walk around every day to literally keeping you alive, your body does so many things for you. Taking the time to acknowledge even your most basic functions will allow you to appreciate just how wondrous you really are. Every time you go for a swim, take a walk, or bend over to get your baby out of her crib you should marvel at how amazing your body is.
2. Think of Yourself As An Example
This one may sound a little conceited but it’s actually very helpful! Think of yourself as an example for how you want your own children and people everywhere to view and value themselves. If you find yourself judging your body harshly or insulting yourself, imagine your own children thinking the same things about themselves. This technique may be a little harsh but it is definitely beneficial to realizing your own self-worth.
3. Pamper Yourself
We say this a lot, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Take the time to care for your body in ways that don’t involve healthy meals or intense workouts. Take a long bubble bath, go get a massage or a facial, visit your local Drybar. Feeling beautiful on the outside has a huge effect in the overall way you think about yourself. While outer beauty isn’t the end-all-be-all of confidence, it definitely doesn’t hurt to feel good about the way you look.
4. Learn To Appreciate All Bodies
This one goes in the same vein of not judging yourself too harshly. Very often, the only bodies we are exposed to on the internet, in magazines, and on TV are close to perfect. And while there definitely isn’t anything wrong with those bodies, they don’t mean that bodies of other shapes and sizes aren’t just as perfect. Learn to find beauty in stretch marks and fun in cellulite. Get rid of thoughts concerning the “ideal” body unless the “ideal” body you’re striving for is one that makes you truly happy and functions well.
5. Don’t Let Your Insecurities Hold You Back
Our insecurities, especially those concerning our bodies, have a tendency to hold us back from the things we truly want. Whether that means going to the beach or wearing what you want, you shouldn’t let your views of your body keep you from doing the things you want to do.