As the summer months descend on us, it’s easy to slip back into that slightly jaded state of mind about your body. Looking at endless #summerbody posts on Instagram, or the floor-to-ceiling adverts of models with long legs in skimpy shops, isn’t always conducive to body happiness. And while the body positivity movement is on a roll, it’s not always enough to keep your head above water.
It’s hard to love your body when society tells you not to. Too fat, too thin – it’s almost impossible to win. So, here’s a few of my go-to methods to help me keep lovin’ my body, all through the tough summer months.
I’ve known close friends who’ve said the most they’ve loved their bodies, was when they were exercising. From pole dancing to rock climbing, they felt like superwomen. A sport like pole dancing is great not only for strength and fitness, but for giving you the confidence to strut around in shorts and vest tops. Check out this article for more reasons to start shimmying around a pole. Forget worries about chubby thighs when you can hang off a pole upside down, or scale the side of a mountain!
Feed yourself properly
While exercising is a great way to feel amazing about your body – so is your diet. Cut out caffeine and carbs, ditch the ready meals, and say goodbye to sugar, and you’ll end up feeling fantastic. Eating the right food is a guaranteed way to feeling more energetic, positive and upbeat. Why not try some of these fab recipes? If you struggle eating the right diet, just imagine that your body is a pet. You wouldn’t deny your dog, cat or rabbit the right food – nor would you stuff them full of nasty additives. Look after yourself the way you would an animal, and you’ll soon get into good habits.
I’ve written about this a few times, but if you feel great in a particular outfit – buy it! Clothes shape how we feel about ourselves so much, and if those killer heels, or that slightly-too-expensive dress give you the confidence to enjoy your body, then don’t hesitate to buy similar. From safe outfits, to stand-out prints, I explore them all here.
Take yourself seriously
If you’ve had the same body hang-up for years, and it’s taking a serious toll on your mental health, then consider doing something about it. Plastic surgery is a much more feasible option these days, it’s just a case of finding the right doctor and surgery for you. Clinics like Belcara Health Plastics are an example of places that’ll help you make the right decision for your mental and physical health. Plus, there are many blogs and articles to help guide you in the right direction if you decide to go under the knife.
Your legs carry you every day. Your arms are strong, and your stomach is soft, ready for cuddles. And sometimes, we can get so obsessed with what our body parts look like, that we forget to be grateful for what they do for us. So, spend some time every day just saying thanks. Appreciate your body for everything it does for you, and letting you live the life you want.