6 Ways To Boost Your Body Positivity
A lot of us have complicated feelings towards our bodies: It’s all too easy to point out the gorgeous features in others, and to be critical of ourselves. But however many times we’re told to appreciate the bodies we have, and the amazing things they can do; sometimes it’s easier to see the negative, than the positive.
That’s ok. Maybe it’s a start just to be happy to say: ‘This is where I am now’, and to recognise those mixed feelings, rather than feeling guilty for now loving yourself totally.
Need some inspiration?
1. Watch 'My Body and I': One of Giovanna Fletcher’s wonderful Mumdays videos which she posts every Monday.
Want to know more about her (and the girl-crush we have)? Read our interview: Happy Mum, Happy Baby? Giovanna Fletcher Talks All Things Motherhood
2. Write a list of things you like about your body or what other people would say they like about your body. Then remind yourself of one every time you are thinking of what you don’t like.
Not sure where to start? Try our 10 Positive Affirmations To Boost Your Self Worth.
Left: @WeeMissBea, Centre (top & bottom) @hotpatooties, Right @sharonhorgan
3. Follow social media accounts that make you feel positive. If looking at overly-perfect celebrities, or frequently negative posts makes you feel down, then don't do it! Everyone needs a little boost of positivity. As well as Giovanna Fletcher, we love Aisling Bea, Dawn O’Porter, Sharon Horgan and Louise McSharry!
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4. Do 1 thing that makes you feel good about your body – wear lipstick, do some exercise, put on your favourite outfit … whatever it may be.
Need some inspiration? You might like Self Love: How To Connect With Yourself Post Baby.
5. Listen to The Guilty Feminist podcast: Episode 1 (Nudity,) Episode 13 (Boobs,) and Episode 41 (Body Capability) might be a good start … but it’s really good, so maybe just listen to it all?
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6. Look out for what features you like in other people: Do they really show ‘perfection’, or are they supposed ‘flaws’, which show off their individuality? It might be your best friend's 'crows feet' when she laughs, your sister's gorgeous curves, or someone's slightly crooked smile.