It’s the height of Summertime at the moment and as the hot weather kicks in the layers of clothes that usually cover our various body areas up are now put on show. I once read somewhere that people most feared the Summer season…The reason was what I just wrote in the previous sentence. They were worried about going on their holidays and showing off most parts of their bodies that would usually be covered up. How many of you reading this can relate to that? I remember after I read that I felt pretty shocked and felt quite sad that that’s how a big majority of people felt. Summer and holidays should be a time to kick back, soak up the sunshine, release any tension and worries and just to relax and enjoy.
I read that a few years back now and luckily since then there have been inspirational body positive speakers, some brands embracing the love of all different sizes and shaped bodies and more acceptance and confidence in loving our own bodies. Although we have come a good way in body positivity so far, there is still a long way to go. There’s still plenty of body shaming going on whether it be in magazines, social media platforms, newspapers or adverts etc…so the worries of getting into our summer outfits, swimsuits or bikinis are still felt by many.
I’ve always had a massive passion for loving yourself and feeling comfortable in your own body. I do understand how hard it can be though especially if you’ve had negativity around your own body in the past or present. But if we learn to be body positive towards ourselves it can really make a huge difference.
How Could I Become More Body Positive?
Alot of body positivity I think comes from what we ourselves believe. If you start to realise that it doesn’t matter what other people think of you (but believe me it’s not a quick overnight change of thought) and the most important thing is how you feel about yourself, then you are already allowing yourself to love your own body and feel more comfortable in your own skin. Having a strong sense of self has a big impact on the way that other people see you and has a positive impact on your inner confidence too. You could start to introduce a meditation session into your daily routine to re-balance the relationship with yourself and reconnect with your inner self. I have done this myself and if your a total beginner to meditation I find Headspace Self Esteem Course super helpful and supportive to introduce this into your life.
Getting Older And Embracing Body Positivity
I’m only 23 myself but obviously I am fully aware that our bodies go through many changes in our lives and getting older may bring it’s own body confidence issues too. I’ve spoken to women who are older than me, in their 40s and have always worn a bikini on the beach but started to wonder whether it’s the right thing to do now. They think should I be changing into a more acceptable one piece swimsuit (perhaps society tells us to do so with certain products aimed at certain ages.) However, they told me that although their bodies are certainly not the same as they were 20 years ago they actually feel more confidence and more happy in their own skin than ever before. So maybe they decide to wear their bikini this year or maybe they won’t…whatever they decide it will be because that’s how they feel comfortable and not because of what society tells them. Which is a great example of embracing your own body.
It’s a fact of life that both women and men do store fat in certain areas and our bodies do change as we get older…we are all going to journey through this circle of life. So instead of criticising and shaming each other we should be teaming together to help one another to love ourselves. Be encouraging and supportive and inspire others whatever their shape, size or age. Motivation is such a powerful thing.
The main point is that you have to love yourself and your beautiful body that you are in. We all have to accept where we are in our lives and we will all end up experiencing similar body changes, so we should be supporting and encouraging others daily. And always remember that; The most important relationship in your life is the one that you personally have with yourself.