Why can’t we just embrace the way we are? For generations we’ve been picking ourselves apart. For every person happy with their body, there is someone that isn’t.
How can we put this right?
A whopping 60% of adults are unhappy with the way they look, and even more concerning – 50-70% of children.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, though, and there are ways to love your body.
Here are some of our tips for loving the way you are:
1. Forget food diaries
Dieting, counting calories, making food diaries, popping diet pills. All these behaviours force an unhealthy relationship with food and the way we feel about ourselves. With a diet industry worth billions – feel better about yourself and don’t give in to them!
That’s right! You don’t need to be boasting about your body or leaping around in a bikini mid-winter. But to be ok with your body is just fine. Termed “body neutrality”, on many levels it’s easier to aim for this rather than “positivity”. Though neutrality is, of course, a positive!
3. Social media savvy
You know all those images of ‘perfect’ bodies you see on Insta or FB? Staged, airbrushed within an inch of their life, and not REAL! Yet still, you keep scrolling.
Take time out from the digital falsehoods, and live life and enjoy what your own body can do. Limit social to keep you more savvy about how briliiant your body is.
4. Treat yourself
A bit of pampering never did anyone any harm. Be it a hot bath with a tonne of bubbles, a pretty pedicure, or a functional wax – look after yourself and you’ll feel better.
Take time to do the stuff you really love, rather than waste time agonizing over how you could be thinner/more tanned/younger – it’s not worth it! You have so much to offer, so focus on that rather than how you look best in a selfie.
5. Exercise to boost confidence
We all feel better after a bit of exercise. The positive effects on mental health are well known. So take a little time to Hussle and you'll give yourself an instant confidence boost.
this ;obsession with appearance' nonsense used to be something you could avoid if you weren't around women. Now the men are doing it too - 'Love Island' has a lot to answer for. I agree with Lucy - find something more interesting to think about and talk about!
I have a feeling the tide is turning and people are realising that looks really do NOT matter, and in fact obsessing over it can make you very unhappy and even unwell. About time.
not quite sure what the picture is saying compared to the article - might make more sense to see someone not super-fit and a bit sweaty, but smiling. Or is it just me?
we just need to stop talking about the really boring subject of appearance. Being described as 'beautiful' is no compliment - the person didn't do anything to achieve that! I make sure I praise my kids for achievements and attitudes, not looks.
it's ridiculous that we keep being told the same things - don't care about how you look, yet so many people still obseess over it. The Internet plays a big part in this. Exercise for me is about keeping my body healthy and better looks is just a positive side effect., I don't obsess over it.