10 Tips To Achieve Body Acceptance

We are all with different shapes, sizes, and heights. We also think differently. We occupy a body that is ours for all our life. There is only one way to be happy with who we are: accepting our body and our true self.



I’m pretty comfortable with my body. I’m imperfect. The imperfections are there. People are going to see them, but I take the view you only live once." Kate Hudson



We live in a world that is constantly telling us that we need to change our bodies to be happy and feel worthy. We push people to become slimmer and we over-exercise our bodies, just because the magazine is showing the picture perfect human being (male or female). Some people who try dieting and losing weight are still unhappy, same for the ones going to the gym 6 days a week, even if they get closer to the idea from the magazine. What do you think the cause is? If you cannot accept your body, you can do all the exercises you want, try all available diets, you will never be happy. Don’t get me wrong, following a good diet and be active is great and is recommended by nutritionists and mental health practitioners, but you also need to focus on your body and the perception you have of it. You need to accept that your imperfections make you unique.






"Speak to your body in a loving way. It’s the only one you’ve got, it’s your home, and it deserves your respect." Iskra Lawrence

WHAT BODY ACCEPTANCE MEANS?


Body acceptance is the acceptation of your body with a main focus on your health above your looks. You own this body for a lifetime, and you have no other choice than to accept it, and in accordance with your health.

I do have imperfections and I would lie if I’d say I’ve always loved every part of me. Indeed, as a human being, my inner voice can be critical but I’ve learnt to not paying attention to it and focusing on all the other parts of my body I like. Meditation has helped me so much in the body acceptance, and after years of work, I can say that I am now owning my body and its flaws.

By working on body acceptance, it will increase your self-love, reinforce your confidence, and boost your happiness. Remember that happiness starts within you. You are the one who decide if you really want to accept yourself as you are, and if you want to finally live life to the fullest, with no shame, with pride, and with happiness.


HOW CAN YOU WORK ON YOUR BODY ACCEPTANCE?


First thing first, go for a check up with your GP: it’s better to have a regular check up with your GP to check if everything is alright in your body. You can also get extra recommendations about nutrition, physical activities, ways to cope with body acceptance. Knowing that your body is functioning at full speed and in perfect health will boost your confidence in its strength. Leave the medical part to the professionals.


Now let’s focus on alternative ways to work on your body acceptance:


1. I will never preach enough the practice of meditation as it’s the main topic behind this website and the main thing, including positive affirmations, THAT REALLY DOES WORK. It did with me. Meditation can help you to centre yourself, scan your body, reflect on the parts you don’t like, and build/rebuild the love for yourself. Possibilities are unlimited with meditation. TRY THIS BODY ACCEPTANCE MEDITATION

2. Practise positive affirmations daily: you cannot imagine the power of positive affirmations until you’ve tried them seriously. The magic/secret behind those affirmations is that you need to involve your feelings in the process. The more you practice them, the faster they will sink into your subconscious mind. By practicing positive affirmations, you will change the tune in your head and switch to a positive state of mind, removing the negative self-talk and replacing it by positive, caring, and loving thoughts. ACCESS OUR POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS PLAYLIST - TRY OUR “BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE” AFFIRMATIONS

3. Appreciate all that your body can do. Every day your body carries you closer to your dreams. Celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you—running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.

4. Take control over your inner critic: You wouldn’t tell your friends if you don’t like parts of their body. So why would you do it to yourself? Read our article about taking control over your inner critic

5. Focus on the parts of your body that you like: giving more importance to the parts you like will reduce the amount of negative self-talk.

6. Get rid of your scale: weighing yourself can become an obsession. If you don’t like the numbers, you encourage negative self-talk, criticism over your weight and body parts, and you will only focus on those. You cannot define your worth with a scale as it only tells you your relationship with the gravity of the earth.




7. Do something nice for yourself — something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, or find a peaceful place outside to relax.

8. Stop comparing yourself to others: we are all different, we have bodies of different sizes, shapes, and weights. We are unique. And this is what makes our life even more beautiful. And don’t compare yourself to 5 or 10 years ago. Our bodies change significantly as we grow older, so it is normal not to look like you were in your 20s.

9. The size of your body doesn’t define your happiness: do you think that all skinny people are happy? Do you know someone with extra kilos that is pure joy and happiness? You have to own your body and accept it. If you don’t, who else is going to do it for you?

10. Surround yourself with positive people. It is easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around others who are supportive and who recognise the importance of loving yourself just as you naturally are.

I know it can be hard to understand and accept our bodies, but remember that we only have one life and you cannot treat yourself badly and reject your body all your life. It is a long process depending on where you come from, but it is possible. You are also human, so remember that it is okay to have flaws, to have down moments regarding the image you have of yourself, but it cannot be 100% of your time.

Work that body, Accept that body, Live with that body.


The road to having a positive body image, or body positivity, can be difficult, but not impossible. I really hope everyone could accept their body for what they are and be grateful for the chance we are having to experience life with its ups and downs. It’s an adventure after all, embrace it.


Be kind to one another, including yourself.






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