With the media, the fashion and beauty industries, and basically the entire world moving towards diversity, we are getting closer to being completely free of constrictions to a single stereotypical idea of beauty. However, even if we already have the tendency to see the best in other people — someone's beautiful eyes, their curvy waist, their outstanding posture, etc. — one thing that we often forget is see what we have to offer.
So if you're already embracing this new idea but are still having difficulty grasping it completely, here are our top tips on how you can love yourself more and dive in to being more body positive.
Know that you are beautiful
One of the things that keep us from embracing fully the idea of body positivity is that we confuse self-love with narcissism. But there is a line between being obsessed with yourself and appreciating your own beauty.
It is human nature to point out something that seems out of place, leading to us to spotting our own flaws constantly. But who says your flaws have to define your perception of yourself? Always keep in mind that if you are capable of appreciating someone else's features, figure, or personality, then someone out there might be looking at you admirably, too.
Take care of your health
A major misunderstanding that most people usually have when it comes to body positivity is condoning issues such as anorexia or obesity. But digging deep into its nature, being body positive is not about embracing these disorders but rather correcting them.
People who are naturally thin or curvy are being celebrated by this idea. The key is promoting a healthy lifestyle since being fit does not equate with just one body type. So it's more than just about feeling good about your body but making sure that you're also staying fit as well.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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There's usually a basis as to why we feel bad about a certain aspect of ourselves. It may be from a bad experience or simply growing up and having people tell you things about yourself that made you believe that you are not good enough. It can be difficult to rise above it. But do remember that at the end of the day, what matters most is how you see yourself. Nothing slams the haters more than confidence and self-love. Know your self-worth and don't let others put a value on you based on their standards; always strive to impress yourself first and foremost.
You do you
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As long as you feel comfortable with yourself, go by your own rules, babe, and you'll be unstoppable.
Feeling very body positive already? Keep the momentum and get another dose of inspiration by adding these young women on your role model list.