More and more people are falling for media’s notion of ideal beauty. Men and women keep trying to conform to this ideal beauty through exercise and dieting. Many end up suffering from eating disorders and over-exercise just to be the perfect Ken and Barbie look-alikes. But the thing is, everyone is different. You should know better than to fall for the lies that media tries to feed you. You are, under no circumstances, obligated to conform to their standards. You should learn to love your body just as it is. If you are struggling to do this, then here are seven ways to love and honor your body.
1. Stop Criticizing Your Body
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Look in the mirror each day and learn to appreciate what you see. Say three things you love about your body and believe what you say. Be aware of negative self-talk and put a stop to criticizing your own body.
2. Think of Your Body as a Tool
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Instead of complaining about the way your body looks, try to focus on what your body can do for you. What has your body done to make your life better? Has your body enabled you to touch and improve the lives of others?
3. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
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Each body is different. You have nothing good to gain by comparing yourself to others. Accept your body as it is. Learn to love your body shape and type. Work with it instead of against it.
4. Wear Well-fitting Clothes That Make You Feel Good
Too often have people tried to hide their bodies under ill-fitting clothes. It is time to put a stop to this horrible fashion trend. You need to start wearing well-fitting clothes that accentuate your assets. These clothes should make you feel good and empowered.
5. Treat Your Body Right
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Give your body the needed nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to function properly. Stay away from substances that harm your body. Get some sleep. Get some moderate but regular exercise to be fit and healthy. Maintain good posture at all times. Learn to de-stress and relax.
6. Do Things You Enjoy Regardless of Your Weight and Shape
Don’t let your physical appearance get in the way of life. Do the things you enjoy even if you feel uncomfortable about your weight. You will slowly learn that your weight and body shape has nothing to do with how much you enjoy an activity. Just keep living life.
7. Take a Break from Media
Media is a toxic dump of lies and wrong notions about true beauty. If you are not careful, too much media will poison your mind and spirit. Take a break from media sometimes. Be with real people with healthy ideas on beauty.
The concept of a beauty and a desirable body holds different meanings depending on the person or the culture defining it. But for the purpose of business and marketing, western media tries to portray it as a cookie-cutter thing, a one size fits all. Once again, this is not real beauty. Real beauty is about appreciating the diversity of people. Real beauty is about honoring your uniqueness. Real beauty is about the physical as well as the personality. Free yourself from the lies and begin to see the beautiful person you really are.
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