WHAT IS BODY POSITIVITY?
“Your value as a human does not come from what you look like on the outside”
I can remember the countless times I would be scrolling through social media and have thoughts of “I wish I looked like that”, or “I’m so fat compared to her”. Or looking in the mirror, just full of hate towards how I looked. And sadly, I know this is more common than it is not.
Body positivity. It’s a term that thrown around a lot on social media regularly. But what does it mean? For me, initially, it simply was changing your mindset and seeing your body in a positive view rather than always thinking about it in a negative one.
Take a minute to think about what it means to you.
There are many definitions and perspectives, and over the years, I’ve learned it is much more than that. To me, it means your worth is not dependent on what your body looks like or the number on the scale. It is a journey of learning to accept your body for what it is, and what it does for you on a daily basis so that you don’t let your insecurities or unrealistic ideals about beauty and health hold you back from living life. It is striving to be your best self.
I believe it’s a state of mind and place of the heart where you can make choices for yourself in a place of love, rather than hate.
It’s throwing out the fashion rules of the past that force or shame us to hide and shrink away.
It’s allowing us permission to put on that two-piece bathing suit, to slay that downward dog facing position, to look in the mirror at your body, smile, and say “I love it”.
It is focusing on what you do with your body, and what the next person does with theirs does not concern you.
It’s always easier said than done. I understand that and recognize that somedays there are going to be better days than others. You are not alone in how you are feeling.
Welcome to a series of blogs on everything from self-esteem and body-image of ourselves and within our relationships, to weight-shaming and body comparison. It is not an easy journey to feel confident and happy in your body, but it’s a rewarding feeling to give your body the love it deserves. It’s my hope this content will help you along your journey.