Body positivity is not a one-size-fits-all solution for anyone feeling uncomfortable with their appearance or self-worth. Rather, it is a series of practices that changes from one person to the next. No matter what form body positivity takes for you, the actions all start with you.
One of the most effective ways to tackle body positivity is to be more conscious of how you speak about your appearance or size and how you react to when other people speak about those subjects. When you’re in conversation with others, try to avoid talking about numbers related to weight, size, or calories. Rather than complimenting someone on how their body looks, redirect those nice words towards someone’s shining personality or how they make you feel when you’re with them.
While revising how you speak may sound like an easy task, body negative talk has been ingrained in us since we were children. For many people, family members are the primary source of negative body talk. This can make it difficult to push back against comments from older people in your family that are critical of how you look, but you always have the right to stand up for your body.
Another major influence on body positivity is social media. According to a recent Huffington Post analysis, about 60% of male and female social media users between the ages of 28 and 73 said that these platforms have negatively impacted their self-esteem. If you don’t want to give up the platforms for good, take the time to curate them into feeds of body positive content. Unfollow any accounts that bring on negative feelings and start following accounts and hashtags that are dedicated to promoting body positivity.
There are countless ways to incorporate body positive practices into your daily life. If you are interested in learning more methods for cultivating a body positive outlook, continue reading this helpful infographic.