With the summer season here, I know how hard it can be to remain body positive. Especially with people posting bikini pics and getting their legs out, it can be easy to fall into a negative mindset. In this post though, I wanted to keep the body positive spirits high. So I am going to share with you 10 of my tips for staying positive this summer when it comes to body image.
EMBRACE WHAT YOU HAVE
It’s so easy for us to see what we don’t have and criticise what isn’t perfect, but we should remember what we do have. Anything that makes you feel beautiful… features, style, shape. Love what you have and take advantage of it.
UNFOLLOW THE PEOPLE WHO BRING OUT THE NEGATIVE TALK
Social media can be a pretty toxic place, especially if you don’t follow the people who encourage the best in you. So I prompt you all to follow people online who make you feel beautiful and unfollow those who bring out the negative talk. I am thinking of doing a post all about my favourite body positive people so let me know if you’d like to see it.
GET RID OF THE CLOTHES THAT DON’T FIT
I love a good wardrobe declutter and especially when summer rolls around, I like to get rid of the clothes that I no longer love. Especially if the pieces are ill-fitting or don’t make me feel amazing, then I will donate them, or upcycle them into something I will love. I always recommend doing this to encourage a little more body positivity. Because getting rid of the clothes that are no longer flattering or don’t make you feel amazing, then those negative connotations will leave with those clothes.
It kind of follows on from the last point, but refresh that wardrobe with beautiful clothes that make you feel like a ten. I tend to buy a bikini or swimsuit if I have a holiday booked over summer because it allows me to pick something I feel amazing in. Even if it isn’t clothes, treat yourself to something that will give you a little boost. It could be make up, clothes, skincare or anything really. Spoil yourself, because you deserve it!
REALISE THAT PEOPLE WON’T EVEN NOTICE YOUR FLAWS
Something that sounds so simple, but it’s can be so challenging. People these days don’t see you walk past and notice your cellulite or your not-so-flat stomach. It can be so easy to overthink it and think that everyone is noticing each and every detail, but I promise you they are not. Once you realise that people are probably not even seeing your ‘flaws’, it becomes so much easier for you to not see them as ‘flaws’ either.
AND THAT THEY PROBABLY HAVE THEM TOO
And a key point that no one wants to tell you. We all have flaws. Cellulite is so normal, stretch marks are natural as is bloating. People may not speak about it, but I can assure you, we all face the same insecurities. I find it reassuring that we all face these insecurities because it normalises what can feel so isolating.
FIND WHAT YOU FEEL GOOD IN AND WHAT FLATTERS YOU
We all have those clothes or outfits that make us feel amazing. So keep it up. Find what you wear that feels good and that flatters you. It can really change how you see yourself if you wear something that makes you feel incredible.
I always say it.. fake it until you make it. Head up, shoulders back and walk with a purpose. Smile and look up. Body language is such a simple way to fake confidence and once you do it enough, you’ll start to feel confident.
GIVE IT TIME
For the majority of us, body positivity doesn’t come naturally. It all takes time. I’m still taking each day as it comes, and I’m sure you’ll are too. Look back at the progress you’ve made so far and then think about the change you may see in yourself in a years time.
DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU HOW YOU SHOULD FEEL IN YOUR BODY
Only you have control over your body and the way you feel about it. Don’t let anyone tell you how you should treat your body or how you should see it. It’s beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this post and any other tips you have in the comments below!
Lots of love,
Other posts to inspire your body positivity…
GAINING WEIGHT IN LOCKDOWN AND WHY I’M OKAY WITH IT
HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE MYSELF
WHY I’VE STARTED TO IGNORE CLOTHING SIZES