The human body is magnificent. It’s a vessel that allows us to love and be loved; and in its simplest form, it helps us get from A to B. Throughout our lives, our body is in a constant state of flux. We grow, we shrink, we expand, we age, we transform… The only constant is change. But if we don’t embrace the seasons, we can wind up resenting the body we live in.
Poor body image can affect all aspects of our lives. It’s time to embrace the skin you’re in, and, in turn, embrace life. Do you want to fall in love with every inch of your body? Here’s how:
Take care of your physical health.
A healthy diet and exercise should be a celebration of our body, rather than a punishment. Committing to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean that you want to transform the way you look; instead, let’s transform the way you feel about the way you look.
Start by finding a form of exercise that you really enjoy. Hate running? Fob it off. Love Pilates? Let’s try that instead. Then do the same thing with your diet. Can you think of any delicious wholefoods that you love? Find ways to incorporate more of those into your diet. Then, look at your quality of sleep. Small tweaks can have a big impact.
Enlist the help of a professional.
When it comes to our mental health, there is no substitute for professional help and advice. Negative self-talk can run deep; many adults are still working through the mental ramifications of childhood experiences.
Working with a professional is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness. With the help of a psychologist, therapist or coach, you can move through negative self-talk and stories from childhood that are no longer serving you in a safe, loving environment.
Get to know your body.
When was the last time you looked in the mirror? Like, really looked. We’re not talking about a passing glance. Before you can love your body naked, you need to get acquainted with it first.
Next time you have a shower and dry off, don’t reach for your clothes – instead, spend some time pottering around your house naked. Get used to the way your body looks, feels and moves. Take in your reflection: What are your favourite features? What do you appreciate about your body the most? Repeat this practice often and reap the mental benefits.
Throw caution to the wind.
Human beings are social creatures who crave connection. Once you’ve mastered the art of embracing your naked body at home, let’s take this practice outside.
Body positivity is contagious. Women who are unapologetically confident in their own skin can choose to lead by example and lift up those around them. If you’ve reached this point in your journey, try joining a women’s group or workshop of like-minded individuals where clothes are optional. Remember, growth happens outside our comfort zone.
The journey to feeling confident naked can be a long and winding one. We never stop growing; we never stop evolving. Wherever you’re at right now is where you’re meant to be.