A breakdown on body positivity and how to incorporate practices into your life to increase your self-esteem and self-image.
Please be aware that I am not a medical professional. This post is simply from my knowledge and experiences with the women I’ve worked with. Body positivity can be a triggering subject, so please use your discretion before reading.
Most people believe that body positivity is simply accepting your body for where you’re at. But there’s actually much more to it.
So what exactly is body positivity?
I’ll break it down for you.
You were right- part of body positivity is practicing self acceptance
This means practicing self-acceptance and compassion for where you’re at in this very moment. This doesn’t mean that your physical state has to be static- it simply means that you’re loving yourself and your body for where you’re at today. Although this sounds very simple, it doesn’t mean that this practice is always easy. Our way of thinking can be skewed, and it takes time for your brain to remap it’s way of thinking. Basically what I’m saying here is that many of us have to practice self-acceptance many times throughout the day.
Your body is a precious vessel. It’s time to treat it that way!
Our body is what gives us life. Yet for some reason we have blinders up when acknowledging that. Over our years on this Earth we put our body through a lot (some of us more than others). There’s nothing to be shameful about here- we all experience different emotional, mental, and physical states of being which ultimately impact our body’s health. Learning how to respect and appreciate your body creates space for healing and love.
Balance is key
Many of us who face trouble with our body image will create major changes to our lifestyle. Many of these changes are unrealistic (for everyone) and actually do the opposite of building your self-esteem and the way you perceive yourself. Truth is, you don’t need to make drastic changes in your lifestyle in order to grow and change. Your body is your temple, and through creating more balance in your life you’ll create space for you to love, cherish, and accept yourself more.
Getting personal here for a second
As someone who has also struggled with body positivity, these practices can feel scary. For me it took being a boudoir photographer for me to push myself to love and cherish my body more. Through boudoir photography I have been able to see women step out of their shells and find comfort in their body. Sometimes getting in front of the camera can feel extremely difficult, but it is a great method for practicing opposite action to your fears and insecurities.
So here’s a reminder to love yourself a little bit more today. You are capable and deserving of love, and I hope that you can find peace along your journey.
For anyone struggling, I’ve included some resources below for you to reach out to.
Last thing- if your in the Vero Beach area, reach out! Let me capture you and your beauty and help you gain comfort and confidence within your body.
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National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)