A Guide to Body Love

Learning to love the body you have and all of its imperfections is hard, especially in a world that constantly promotes perfection and has a ready fix for whatever imperfection you think you have. Learning to love your body is a process. Follow this simple guide to help you begin the journey to self-love.

Dress Your Size

Throw away those clothes in your closet that no longer fit. Embrace and dress the size you are now. Holding onto those clothes is only making you miserable and preventing you from living in the moment and appreciating who you are and how you look, even if you aren’t where you want to be size-wise. When you look good, you feel good.

Even tennis pro Maria Sharapova understands the importance of looking good for self-confidence, telling CNN in 2012, “When you look good, you feel good. Confidence with what you’re wearing is very important. If you feel good, you will always perform your best without worrying about anything.”

When you dress the figure you have, you’ll feel better about how you look and, in turn, feel better about yourself. You don’t need smaller clothing as a constant reminder of where you used to be.

Turn Off Social Media for a Bit

People who spend their time comparing themselves to their social media friends feel worse about themselves than those who don’t. The constant bombardment of images of seemingly perfect people with perfect lives plays into your own insecurities. If you’re already feeling bad about your body, you’re just making it worse staring at altered images of your friends and celebrities. Turn off social media and live in the real world. Hang with friends or go on a date, and you’ll see that no one is perfect. They likely have the same insecurities as you.

Aim to Be Healthy

If you truly want to lose weight, that’s okay, but aim to be healthy and not for a particular number on the scale. Skinny fat is a thing, and when you obsess over a perfect number or dress size, you’re not focusing on your health and likely are doing your body more harm than good. Instead, add more healthy behaviors to your life, whether that is drinking more water, going for a walk or adding more fiber to your diet. The more you do things that make you feel better physically, the more you will feel better emotionally, and you can achieve your weight-loss goals in a way that’s long-lasting and sustainable.