5 Body Positive Habits To Develop Every Week
Part of learning to love the body you’re in is practice! Practicing things always makes learning new skills easier – from learning a new crafting skill to learning to love your body. In part, you’ll need to practice because everything in the media tells us we shouldn’t love our bodies. Any fashion magazine is filled with diet advice and articles about how to dress to disguise our less desirable features, so to fight back you’ll need to spend lots of time getting used to the body you’re in.
Luckily, learning to love yourself can be a rewarding and fun journey once you find some activities that help you shift your mindset.
Today I’ve made a list of my five favorite ways to get started on your journey to body positivity and acceptance so you can spend ‘beach body’ season learning to love yourself instead of hating yourself.
1. Dance in your underwear every morning.
All credit here goes to @bodyposipanda, who is a constant source of joy on Instagram. Her videos of her dancing in her underwear have spawned a movement of women who are doing the same. Seeing your body in motion can be a revelation, but it’s also a great way to start learning how your body moves and to appreciate what it can do. It doesn’t have to be a formal thing or for a certain amount of time. Dance with your coffee, dance with your dog or just put on your favorite summer jam and jump around.
2. Consume media that shows a range of body types.
Lots of us wind down at the end of the day with a show on Netflix or Hulu, but once or twice a week try picking a show that shows larger bodies than the standard. There are lots of great options right now, so this is actually both fun and easy to do! This Is Us is great for drama, Shrill is fun and entertaining and Dumplin’ on Netflix made me both laugh and cry.
3. Consult the Experts.
There are lots of great books out there right now that are fun to read and have thoughtful messages about body positivity. Dietland was my favorite last summer, but you can also try non-fiction works by authors Jes Baker and Lindy West.
4. Try to separate health from dieting.
No matter what size or shape you are, moving our bodies is good for us. That doesn’t mean you have to hate the body you’re in though! Try to separate your health or fitness goals from your weight. Do you want to be able to take a picturesque hike with ease? Do you just want to drink 8 glasses of water a day? Do you want to learn how to do a specific style of dance? Your goals can be small or large – or you can have no goals at all! No matter how you approach it, try to take weight out of the equation.
5. Create a curated Instagram account.
The body positive community is taking over Instagram and there are so many great accounts to follow as a result! If you don’t want your body positive content mixed in with your personal stuff, try making a separate account that purely curates a wide variety of body positive images. You don’t have to post on it yourself, but you can have fun scrolling through it several times a week to see what is new.
It can be hard to stay body positive on a regular basis, but these weekly activities will help you get into that mindset all of the time! If you found this useful, why not share this article with a friend?
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