Hey everyone! While I am scrambling to finish working on some last minute stuff for school, a few amazing people have offered to guest post for me!!!
Today’s post comes from Katie!! Her post is so relevant to everything I’ve been discussing on the blog lately, so I am super excited for you all to read it!
Take it away Katie!!!
Hey there readers! My name is Katie and I blog in a little corner of the world at Nutrition in a Peanut Shell. I’m super excited to be posting for Kaila while she’s off doing her thing!
So now I wanted to talk to you about body image! So let’s get down to it.
Body Image is something that’s running rampant in our current society now-a-days. We read about which celebrities have lost weight, or gained weight, or their cellulite and so on and so on and so on. We may look it over and go “pfft, who cares?” I know I do.
But it affects us on a subconscious level.
Eventually, our minds are shaped to believe that gaining weight is bad, and you need to be rail thin in order to be pretty. I mean, if Ke$ha supposedly looks horrible in a bikini and you weigh the same as Ke$ha, then you must look horrible too. Right?
We’re all different. Ke$ha could be 5’ 4” and you could be 5’ 10”. You’d look seriously different. Or perhaps Ke$ha is apple shaped and you’re hourglass shaped.
No two people are exactly alike!
And that’s why it’s important to love you for you!
In terms of your body, there should be one thing first and foremost:
Are you healthy?
Don’t get me wrong, being happy is an important factor too. But you can be dying at 80 pounds and be happy. In that situation, it’s not exactly happiness that’s the most important. But that’s an extreme, and I digress.
So what are we supposed to do if we’re conditioned to think anything over a size zero is imperfect? Here are some of my tips to some good ole’ fashion body lovin’.
1. Ask yourself: Are you healthy?
2. Focus on the best part of you. Do you have gorgeous eyes? Play ‘em up! Long legs? Short legs? There’s a way to accentuate your favorite parts of you. It’s much easier to focus on those parts than the negative…and you’ll feel better too!
3. Challenge your negative thoughts. Find yourself critiquing your looks in the mirror? Say them out loud. Think your thighs look fat? Say it out loud, and then ask yourself why. Then ask what you’re going to do about it (healthily!)
4. Dump yourself for a bit if you need to! Would you be friends with someone who told you that you’re not pretty? I sure hope not! Learn to be a better friend to yourself.
5. And finally, stop comparing yourself! Again, everyone is made differently. You may be the same height and weight, but everyone carries it differently.
You’re beautiful in your own way!
Question: What ways do you combat body bashing?
Thank you so much Katie!!! I especially love the “dump yourself tip”!!! Such a great idea….I know I wouldn’t want to be friends with someone who is always negative about their body!
See you all soon!
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