10 Reasons to Love Your Body Just The Way It Is
We women carry an enormous burden of social pressures around looking a particular way, and it can result in an unhealthy relationship with our bodies.
We are surrounded by images in the media of an unattainable ideal, which leaves us feeling uncomfortable, never good enough and always striving to meet the general expectation of beauty standards. When we walk down the street, we may notice male attention, which can make us feel conscious of how we look.
We are encouraged to see our bodies in parts and to over-analyze each part separately. It can feel as though the more attractive we are in terms of society’s standards of beauty, the more we are worth.
Here at My Style Rules, we think it’s time that we all stopped this crazy body obsession – and just like Taylor Swift says, we should shake it off!
Your body is perfect right here and now, and in case you don’t believe us, here are some reasons to love your amazing body – without changing a single thing.
1. You Can Play Dress Up!
My absolute favorite reason to love my body is because I get to wear beautiful, fabulous clothes and accessories each day. I can dress to suit my mood, boost my confidence and even get into character. And this is easy for anyone to achieve.
You too can transform your appearance and mental attitude just by dressing your body in a certain way, following the body shape rules. So this reason has to be number 1.
We all know that the girl on the cover of the magazine doesn’t even look like the girl on the cover of the magazine!
We’ve heard it so many times before, the celebrities and models that we gawk over have been photo-shopped to look as flawless as they are. We know this.
Yet, we still hold these images as the standard that we need to live up to. The girl on the cover of the magazine, in real life, looks completely different.
Do yourself a favor. Why not spend a few minutes looking at before and after pictures of photo-shopped images, and let it sink in.
3. It’s Shaping A Future Generation
Even if you don’t have a daughter, girls and young women may look up to you as a perfect icon that can do no wrong. You are like a glamorous Barbie doll in their eyes.
This is why daughters tend to model their mothers; wearing the same clothes, trying on makeup and painting their nails just like mom. The bad news is that they also watch us criticize our bodies, while they can’t understand how it is flawed. We are teaching girls to detest their bodies and to be dissatisfied with the way they look.
Instead, we should turn the spotlight on the pursuit of happiness and health. Being healthy is infinitely more positive than trying to fit into a world of airbrushed, Botoxed, photoshopped women.
4. Confidence Transcends Size
Confidence is defined as belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.
At the end of it all, we are not going to be remembered for how we looked or the fact that our lips were a certain shape. We will be remembered for the things that we did and how we made a difference. Holding yourself with confidence is an incredibly attractive trait to cultivate in yourself. Hold eye contact, walk with your shoulders back, and live with purpose.
Grow confidence within yourself by working hard. This makes you feel that you are achieving towards something bigger than yourself. You, and the people around you, will be proud of your successes.
Do something brave, no matter how big or small it might be.
5. Every Inch Of You Is Perfect
Put on Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass,” turn it up nice and loud and celebrate that round is actually a shape! I love it when women pull together to take a stand against negative teachings about body image. Trainor says in her lyrics that every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.
Take time to think of all of the awesome non-physical stuff that makes you, you – measure yourself on internal things rather than external physical things!
6. Your Body Doesn’t Need Gadgets and Gizmos
Have you ever seen Japanese beauty products? Mouth pieces that make you look like a doll, face masks to hold who knows what in place, bandages, nose and eyelid trainers… Do you really think that these products are making a real difference?
There are much more creative ways to spend your money. Why not spend it on something that inspires you or refreshes you?
7. It Would Be Boring If We Were The Same
Quoting from the beautiful, confident incredibly dressed diva Meryl Streep:
Don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that. For young men, and women too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way, and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up.
8. This Too Will Pass
Nothing lasts! So embrace your health and live life to the fullest while you can. As much as you may hate your butt right now, it still enables you to climb mountains and see the wonder of the world around you, so be grateful for it (including the wobbly bits).
9. You’ll Make Others Love Your Body Too!
Robyn Jaquays, body coach and nutritionist has another fantastic reason to love your body – if you do, others will too! So appreciate, love and honor your body. Get the ball rolling.
“When you’re hard on yourself, the people around you usually jump on the bandwagon. They’re hard on you, too. Stop telling yourself you’re fat, ugly or stupid. And stop comparing yourself to others—you’re doing yourself an injustice! Instead, focus on your best qualities.”
10. What You See Isn’t What You Get
When you look in the mirror you probably don’t see the full picture. Instead, you focus on the flaws, and don’t give a moment’s thought to your personality, intelligence, humor or energy. That is why Eva Ritvo, MD, co-author of The Beauty Prescription claims that we “are 20 percent more beautiful to other people than to the woman you see in the mirror every day.”
Our bodies are our vessels to enable us to experience life, love and fun!
It is time we saw this bigger picture and embraced our bodies exactly as they are right now. Perfectly imperfect.
It may seem hard to fall in love with your body at first, so take the first step and learn how to dress for your body type. Investing in a few garments that fit you perfectly will work wonders for your confidence and before you know it, you’ll be head over heels.