Body positivity - it’s everywhere. On slogans on shirts, on hashtags on Twitter...But how easy is it to actually be positive about your body? It’s easy to say the words and encourage others to do it, but how easy is to love your own body?
I used to hate my appearance - I’m extremely small and my hips are stupidly wide and I’m 99% sure that my arms are completely different lengths, but so what? I used to despise it, but now I realise that the only thing I can change about my contrary arms and my garden gnome height is my opinion on them.
Ask yourself - why do you look at other people and call them beautiful, but not yourself? There’s probably people that look at you that way and think you’re beautiful. Take how you view other people and put that on yourself.
Don’t keep looking at yourself and thinking ‘so and so has better legs than me’ or ‘so and so has a flatter stomach than me’ - you’re not them, you’re you. You’re the only person in the world who has your body, so there’s no way it’s gonna look like anyone else’s.
You can also take the negative parts about your body and put a different spin on them. Stretch marks? Nope, their tiger stripes. Scars? Nope, proof that you recovered from something. Extremely small in height? Tiny but badass. (That last one works a lot for me).
You might look at yourself in the mirror ask yourself why you look the way you do - and no one can give you a definite answer. Don’t ask yourself why, ask yourself what. What do you love? Your eyes? Your legs? Why not all of it?
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