Sometimes, it’s hard to celebrate your body! We've been conditioned our whole lives to hate what we see in the mirror. Some of that conditioning comes from the media and from society. But it may also be present in your day-to-day life from other people. Perhaps your parents, siblings, or friends are negative about their bodies, too.
In order to learn to celebrate your body, remember it starts with you first! I never understood why when I first went into AA, back in 2012, the women always told me “we'll love you until you can love yourself.” It was really hard for me to let them love when, when I didn't love myself and hated myself so much.
Once I started loving myself, it opened the door for so much more in my life! It literally changed my life.
You also need to surround yourself with role models who view their bodies in a positive way. Here are some body-positive social media (Instagram) accounts I recommend:
- Me of course 😉 (@shiningselftl)
- Angie Williams (@i_am_blaquebeauty)
- Amy Pence (@idaho_amy)
- Lindley Ashline (@bodyliberationwithlindley)
- Maya (@fat.fit.fly)
- Brianna Campos (@bodyimagewithbri)
- Aby Deal (@abyinreallife)
I'll stop there, but the list could go on foooooorever 😉 You can also search for hashtags like #bodypositivity, #fatacceptance, #bopo, #lovetheskinyourin, #nobodyshame, and #bodyconfidence.
And of course, be sure to check out this video, part 4 of the 5 part Embracing Body Positivity series, where I talk about how I was conditioned my whole life to hate my body and how it's been a process and long journey to changing that conditioning.
If you missed the other videos in the series, you will find them here:
- Embracing Body Positivity Part 1: Why Body Positivity is for Everyone
- Embracing Body Positivity Part 2: Who Told You to Hide?
- Embracing Body Positivity Part 3: Learning to Love Yourself