Why You Should Love Your Body Like It Is
By Genevieve Cunningham
We live in a world that is obsessed with body image. As a society, we’re constantly bombarded with perfect bodies. We’re told to lose weight and learn to do makeup like a pro. We’re told that unless we look like an Instagram model, we’re probably not good enough. Luckily, the tide is changing when it comes to body acceptance, but this kind of change takes real time and effort. If you’re having trouble with self-love and acceptance, take a look at why loving your body as it is can help improve your health and get you the body you’ve been hoping for.
Acceptance Brings Change
If we’re going to change something, we usually have to accept it the way that it is first. It’s hard to constantly talk about your body in a negative way and expect it to do what you want it to. Sure, you’ll probably lose the weight and sculpt some muscle … but will you ever really be satisfied? Or will you find new things about your appearance to talk about negatively? Instead, find some things to like about your body. Maybe it’s your strong arms, your smile, or your proportions -- even if they’re not perfect. After you accept your body as it is, you can make a plan to change it slowly over time.
The Process is Important
We all have our eyes on the prize. The perfect weight. The perfect size. The goal pair of jeans. While a final goal can certainly be helpful, the process is where the magic happens. If we learn to love the process, we’re far more likely to stick with it and make real change happen. Accepting your body and loving yourself the way that you are can help you enjoy the process of change, which means lasting change and better health is more likely.
Positivity Affects Outcome
Negativity doesn’t work long-term. Research even indicates that thinking positively can affect the outcome of a medical diagnosis. So for your body, thinking positive thoughts can actually create the change that you’re looking for. And it also boosts your mental health. If you can learn a little acceptance and self-love, you may be able to create the body of your dreams and improve your mental health, too. When it comes to living a healthy, happy life, there’s nothing that beats this combination.
It’s OK to want to change your body and love your body all at the same time. Don’t waste your time and energy on hate. Instead, focus on loving what you have and changing for the better. With some patience, persistence, and a little self-care, you may be able to set yourself on a path of health and wellness that can last the rest of your life.
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