3 Ways You Can Learn To Love Your Body
None of them include counting calories or spending all your spare time in the gym.
As much as we love Instagram/YouTube/Snapchat, there’s no denying that it can change the way we look at ourselves and damage our body confidence. A lot of us have got so used to judging our bodies purely based on how they look that it’s easy to forget how much else amazing stuff they can do.
Of course, it’s natural that our confidence increases when we feel like we’re looking good. All hail the jeans that fit just right. But that’s not the only way you can experience love for your body.
These tips will help you to appreciate your body for what it can do rather than just how you look in swimwear.
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1. Stop comparing
It’s important to remember that things on social media aren’t always as they seem. Yes, we’re talking about that Instagrammer whose photos you obsess over, the fitness blogger you think is #bodygoals or your best mate’s brother’s ex who’s basically a bodybuilder.
Thing is, Photoshop isn’t just confined to magazines anymore, and some people on the ‘gram pose so hard they practically dislocate a hip to make their butt look bigger. That means many of us are envious of bodies and lifestyles that don’t even exist! It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others, but you’re setting yourself up to fail if you’re comparing your body to one that’s not 100% real, and therefore unattainable. Try to focus on your own progress.
2. Ignore diet and body trends
There seems to be a new body trend almost every year, usually matched with some dodgy restrictive diet. 10 years ago, it was all about being a size zero and we were told we needed to starve ourselves and aim to have absolutely no curves whatsoever – ridiculous and 100% unhealthy. Fast forward to now and we are being told that if our booty isn’t peachy and round then we can forget any chance of being deemed attractive. Another example: the thigh gap trend from 2013 completely doing a 180 to the current trend of having #thickthighs.
Instead of trying to keep up with trends, focus on what you love about your body – and when you’re focusing on what you want, make sure you want it for reasons other than just because everyone else is pursuing it.
3. Create goals based on more than just how you look
Although it’s obviously fine to have image-based goals, try also choosing a goal that has nothing to do with the way you look. Maybe you’ve always wanted to do a handstand, or a push up, or to run 5K without having to stop.
Set a goal based on what your body can physically do and work hard to achieve it. When you’re working towards something that has nothing to do with how you look, your mindset will change and you’ll develop a new appreciation for how amazing your body is!
Then you’ll want to keep pushing it so you can find out what else you are capable of. Training towards this kind of goal is so much more enjoyable than just focusing on fitting into a dress.
Stop valuing your body purely for how it looks. Be proud of what it can do!
Words by Natalie Roberts