When it comes to body image the struggle is real. But it doesn’t have to be this way. I know liking the way you look isn’t an easy task in our media-saturated world. Loving the skin you’re in seems to be rare these days, like finding a four leaf clover rare. Oh and get this, a new study from Yahoo Health reports only one in seven Americans feels positive about their body image. UM, I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS. Are you?
Look, I’ve worked with clients struggling with eating disorders for over a decade, and struggled with one of my own years ago. I know that feeling confident about your body isn’t always easy. But you can decide to start embracing your body or continue give into the negative self-talk.
When you hear people fat shame others or bash their bodies it’s hard not to do the same, but it’s possible to fight back and you need to. See, when you develop a negative body image eating disorders and depression are likely to follow. Hating your body isn’t healthy, but learning to love it is. I’ve never met a happy person who hates their body, have you?
Would you rather spend your life arguing with your body everyday or begin to love what it does for you? I mean you guys, your body allows you to do so many things, like read this post, right? What makes me so frustrated is that men, women and children bash their beautiful bodies. Instead try to accept yourself for where you are right this moment and try to have a positive body image (it’s good for your health). I love these fabulous and inspiring quotes to remind myself and my readers that loving your body is always in style.
Be Body-Positive: Improve Your Body Image & Inspire Others
I don’t want to live in a world children learn to bash their bodies before they learn multiplication facts do you? This is happening my friends. Let’s fight back and inspire positive body image by sharing body-positive tips and inspiration. Be the change you want to see. Take steps today to improve your body image and stop the fat talk by surrounding yourself with images and information that inspire you. Don’t follow people on who say mean things about others or make you feel insecure. Instead, fill your social media feeds with empowering and inspirational people, like me and my friends on Instagram and Tumblr. Spread body-positive quotes. Seeing that women (and men) are so targeted on social media to be a certain size, why not fight back and share body-positive inspirational quotes like these?
Body image is how you see yourself, picture yourself and what you feel about your appearance. When you are criticizing your beautiful and powerful body, you are hurting YOU. Comparing yourself to others isn’t cool either, it’s killing your self-esteem. If you feel that your shape, size or features are unattractive, ugly or feel that a certain weight would make you happier you have some body images issues my friend and I don’t want that for you. Your body is yours so treat it with respect.
Demi Lovato has been open about her struggles with body image and mental health and I LOVE her. Your psyche, your self-esteem and your mental health are all more important than fitting into a certain size. Take it from Demi, who like other celebs are criticized in the media. They’re scrutinized and bombarded with negative comments about their bodies daily. It makes body bashing and fat-shaming seem okay but it isn’t. Empowered women are fighting back (yay). Let’s join them.
The media wins when they make you insecure. They want you buy the magazine that shows the “perfect body” on the cover (magazines make their money by advertisements, the more they entice you to buy their cover image, the more money they make). Companies use images of women who aren’t even real (just really photo-shopped) to look like they use their products in ads or they pay celebrities to endorse their product. This makes you believe on a unconscious level you need that crap too! If a company is making you insecure it means they are wining. It’s messed up right? I don’t buy into their bulls*ht. There is no amount of Smart Water that will make me look like Jennifer Aniston. Nor will I ever look like the jeans model who is 15, it’s just marketing. The more we give in the more we buy into the negative body image.
You are adorable and wonderful no matter your size or shape. Talk to yourself the way you’d talk to a child, a fluffy puppy or cute kitty, which I assume is in a sweet and kind way. If you notice that your starting to go down the body-bashing road, stop and say something nice instead.
Tess Munster has made a name for herself for being a beautiful, powerful model. She’s an awesome example of a confident woman. She’s known the secret for feeling good in the skin she’s in for quite a while: the number on the scale does mean a damn thing. Your worth is NOT dependent on your weight. You are so much more than that.
You don’t need to change your body or your personality, you just need some self-esteem and self-respect. If people don’t like you for who you are, then why the heck are you hanging out with them? Try accepting yourself and improving your Self-esteem. When you change your perspective, you start seeing how wonderful you already are. Do yourself a favor: List out all the things you love about yourself. When you practice looking for the positives and add in some self-love, you’ll feel more positive about your body too.
Confidence doesn’t come from the approval of others. If you think others will like you if you look a certain way or wear a particular size, you should probably work on finding friends who aren’t so judgmental. Those who are worthy of you will love you no matter what you look like.
Preach Amy, preach! No matter what you look like you deserve love. You wouldn’t deny someone love or respect based on their appearance would you? I Didn’t think so. Stop doing it to yourself.
You can’t hate yourself healthy. Every moment you have an opportunity to nourish your body and your mind. Without you’re health you don’t have anything. Your body, mind and spirit, your focus, drive and motivation all depend on how you treat your body.
I love this quote from HealthyPlace.com. It rings true to me. When I started to respect my body and my mind I noticed a drastic shift in my self-esteem and confidence. My body image was way more positive because I focused on how to take care of myself, so that I could take care of others too. That meant ending the body bashing, taking time for self-care and increasing the foods that made me feel healthy and happy. I hope you know that YOU ARE VALUABLE too.
Spread the body-positive love my friends. Share these with friends, post on your social media sites and tag me @GuidanceGirlEm and I’ll share your beautiful body-image quotes too. Let’s do this!
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is The Guidance Girl. Her goal is to help YOU become the most confident person you know! Emily is an award-winning author Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, Educational Speaker, and parenting consultant. She travels around the country educating girls, women, and parents. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.