Are you satisfied with your body shape? We hope so, but this is sadly sometimes not the case. That’s because we’re constantly bombarded by sculpted physiques and photoshopped models in the media and, inevitably, we can’t help compare ourselves to such standards of beauty. And this can have negative side effects.
Don’t shame your body – accept and celebrate it
Body shaming is when people unfairly pass judgment on the size or shape of our figures. It’s an issue that many people deal with on a regular basis. But the concept of an ideal body type, dictated by social norms and mass media as being the only “fit” or “healthy” one, is a myth. In reality, there exists a wide spectrum of different body types that can be equally healthy. You don’t have to look like a model to be fit!
Instead, try celebrating radical self-love of your body. This starts with recognizing that the harmful thoughts you might have about your body aren’t your own – they are dictated by the media, and they have nothing to do with health.
One way to accelerate your journey toward loving your body is to limit your media consumption. For example, try to avoid YouTube and Netflix programs that portray stereotypical messages about ideal body sizes.
After you’ve done this, it’s time to get to know your body intimately. To find out techniques on how to do so, check out our blinks to The Body Is Not an Apology, by Sonya Renee Taylor.