Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Guest Post :: How To Love And Accept Your Body Again

I am taking it a little easy this week and trying to go to bed a bit earlier So get ready to see a few more fabulous guest posts this week! 

In today’s society with social media being such a large part of modern day culture we sometimes get caught up in the perfection that is on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and so on – that we forget to love ourselves and forget remember that there are sooo many  photo editing apps out there; what you see in a picture is not always what is a reality. Today’s guest post Brigitte has written a wonderful article on how to love and accept your body again.
Do you feel tired of waking up every morning and the first thought being what you are going to put on to make yourself look as thin and as photoshopped as you can? How much makeup do you have to apply to look “acceptable” or how little should you eat for breakfast to have the perfect body? All of these insecurities tend to come up around summer, because it’s the season when everyone is wearing revealing clothing and you are double bombarded with ads talking about the “perfect bikini body”. It stops today. Reclaim your love for your body with these healthy practices.

 Be Your Body’s Friend
I was never as happy as when I started seeing all the things my body does for me and how much it loves me. From that day on, I decided I’m going to be my body’s friend. When you look at your thick thighs, don’t hate them because they spread out when you sit, thank them for allowing you to walk, run, jump, ride a bike, walk you down the aisle and into the next chapters of your life. Instead of hating your stomach, consider how soft and comfortable it is for someone to lay their head upon. Cuddle yourself without the boundaries of what society defines as beautiful, and you will notice some amazing things about your body you never before dared to love. Remember, when it comes down to it, it’s you and your body against the world, so make sure you learn to be its friend, not an enemy.
Follow Real People
A big reason why so many of us have problems with our body image is that we are surrounded by unrealistic ideals that are telling us that that’s “normal” and that we should all strive to be like that. And as much as we tell ourselves that these pictures aren’t real, we also need to give our mind something real to look at. Fill your Instagram feed with people of color, fat people, differently abled people and everyone who will show you that people of all shapes and sizes not only exist, but are absolutely beautiful – and so are you. Pay attention to how the people in your life that you look up to don’t all look the same and understand that that’s not what defines them, and it’s not what defines you either.

Altering Your Image
No, altering your image doesn’t mean you hate yourself. If you’ve gone through a traumatic event that left you with scars, or you have a deformation like a nose deviatio nor tuberous breasts, the correction of which can have not only aesthetic benefits, but medical ones, you shouldn’t feel ashamed for having it altered. If changing your hair color makes you feel more confident, that doesn’t mean that you hate your body for having a different natural hair color. As long as you are not doing anything to damage your body on purpose, it’s perfectly fine to allow yourself to have any procedure you want. Of course, you have a duty towards yourself to do all the research in the world to find the best place to do it, and you should never ever be changing your body because someone else wants you to.
Diet and Exercise
The trickiest of them all. How can we talk about loving ourselves and accepting ourselves as we are and yet still go to the gym five times per week? Easy! Because exercising and eating healthy aren’t meant to change the way you look, they are meant to keep you healthy and celebrate what your body can do. You should never exercise to punish yourself for something you ate or the way you look, but rather treat yourself to doing something that your body will love. Take care of your body because you love it, not because you want to change it. If you love going to the gym, then go because you love it and because it makes you stronger, faster and more flexible, not because you want to shrink yourself. The exact same goes for a balanced diet. Diets, cleanses and miracle pills do not work and you will only be harming yourself if you try to force your body into something it’s not comfortable with. Unless you have a medical reason why you can’t trust your body’s signals, then listen to it and be intuitive. Eat when you are hungry and eat what your body is craving and stop when you are full.

Loving your body, especially if you’ve been at war with it for a long time, is a process, and you need to give it all the time it needs. But every day, thank your body for keeping you alive and treat it like the home it is. And if you feel like you are suffering from an eating disorder or body dysmorphia, please talk to a mental health specialist ASAP.

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