Body positivity is increasingly gaining representation in the media. And for good reason: poor body image, negative self-talk and perpetual degrading behaviours are not a good way to build confidence, self-esteem and further one’s efforts to reach success.
Start working towards this by adopting these practical ways to implement body positivity:
1. Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are one of the easiest ways to implement body positivity. An affirmation is a positive statement that you repeat to yourself. It may be something such as “you are beautiful,” or “you are enough.” It may change depending on the day and what you need that day, or it may be a constant in which you use the same one every time. At first it may seem weird or uncomfortable to repeat these things to yourself. With time however, it will become normal and you will start to see the benefits. To help you out, you can write the affirmation on a post it and put around your house in places where you will see it to remind yourself of the need for positivity!
2. Stop With the Negative
As much as you need to be giving yourself positive affirmations, you also need to end the negative self-talk. Become aware of when you are talking yourself down, or giving yourself negative compliments. Be aware of when you are comparing yourself to others and saying how you aren’t good enough or aren’t as good as someone else. All of these things make it difficult for you to implement body positive behaviours.
3. Treat Food as Fuel
One of the most common ways we sabotage our body is through food. We feed it inadequately, or not frequently enough; we make bad food choices, eating food that does not nourish us. And then afterwards we beat ourselves up for our choices and feel guilty for what we have done. Stop seeing food as good or bad, right or wrong, or something that can be an enemy. Instead, see it as fuel. See it as the fuel you need to feed to your body in order for it to do everything you ask for it and to perform and be at its best. You want to feel good, vibrant and energetic, but that can only happen if you have the right fuel to do so.
4. Turn Off Social Media
Whether it’s first thing when you wake up in the morning, or just your go to when you are procrastinating or killing time, many of us have a habit of impulsively checking social media several times a day. When we do, it can send us down a spiral of negativity and poor self-talk, whereby we spend our time comparing ourselves and our bodies to those that we see in our feed. Before you check in online, check in on your state of mind. If you are already feeling badly about yourself or having an off day, turning to social media is probably not the best choice to promote a positive body image.
By: Laura Peill, RHN, BScH – Viand Nutrition