We only get one body to dwell in while we’re on this planet, so we might as well fall in love with it and treat it respectfully.
If you’re like many people, you don’t like the way your nose looks, or the way your thighs rub together. Or maybe you wish you had a bigger this or a smaller that.
Your feet look odd, your hair is turning grey or it’s too brittle, too straight or too curly. And, the scale never reads what you want it to read.
I could go on and on.
Unfortunately, many men, women, and youth do not like parts or all of their body for one reason or another. This can cause them to feel insecure, unhappy, and cause unnecessary stress. I think we can agree that there is no such thing as a perfect body.
Even those that think they do have that perfect body have some sort of flaw or one thing they may not like about a body part. In fact, some of the most perceived “beautiful” people according to the norms our culture has set in place are the most unhappy with themselves.
They’ve got the “looks”, but their self-worth is seriously lacking.
In a society that puts way too much emphasis on the outward appearance, I radically encourage you to fall madly in love with your body no matter what it looks like!
Maybe it’s not exactly as you wish it would be, but you can still fall in love with your body day after day and be confident in who you are. Now, I’m not just talking about weight here.
Each day pick one body part and state one reason why you love that part. You can stand in front of the mirror and choose one part and either state what you love about it or state why you love it. For example, you might love your hands because they can help you do so many things throughout the day.
Many people refuse to look at their bodies in the mirror because they do not love the way they look.
I challenge you to look at yourself in the mirror and choose to love your body no matter what it looks like. Love the curves, the love handles, the sagginess, the hair, stretchmarks, and everything. It’s just skin and hair, so set out to love every inch of it!
Sometimes you just have to let go of control.
You might not ever be able to get rid of the stretch marks, the love handles, the extra hair, the odd-looking toes, etc., but what you can do is let go of your compulsion to control how your body looks. Running to the plastic surgeon or covering up your perceived flaws is not necessary. You can choose to LOVE you, body and all.
The more you love your inner self, the more you will love your outer self.
Work on increasing your self-love and before you know it, you’ll be falling in love with your body and be more confident all the way around.
You will encounter others that put a lot of weight on what the outer body looks like.
The media tends to favor the slim model type and guys with ripped abs and flawless skin. Make a decision to ignore others when it comes to your body image. In other words, don’t compare yourself to others.
Choose to love your own body as it is right now because that will make you feel good. Now, if you want to make changes for health reasons or for the fact that you love to workout and build muscles, go for it. That’s awesome. But if you don’t, that’s awesome too.
If you’re holding a grudge against yourself for the way your body looks, for getting that big tattoo, for not wearing cocoa butter when pregnant, for gaining that weight, etc., just forgive yourself and let it go.
Fall in love with every tattoo, stretch mark, and what others might call a flaw.
Look in the mirror and make a simple declaration that you love your body.
Say, “No matter what, I love my body. Every square inch of it!” Do this daily or as often as you need to, and you’ll find that repetition serves you well.
See yourself through another person’s eyes, like your pet or child.
They don't look at your body and see one little flaw. They see you as radiant and lovable and if you can look at yourself the same way, you’ll fall in love with yourself often.
When you fall in love with your body, your wardrobe may change.
Go ahead and purchase outfits that you love and that serve your body well. Dress to impress yourself first, and let your confidence shine through your clothes.
When you love something, you tend to pamper it, so go ahead and pamper your body well.
Get a massage or a manicure and pedicure. Treat your body to some tender loving care regularly.
The more you change your attitude toward your body from negative to positive, reward yourself.
Go out to a favored destination. Spend time doing what you love. Honor your commitment to love your body.
You may have been holding onto fear of what others think of your body. Let it go.
Do not concern yourself with what others think of you. That is their business. Your business is to honor and respect your body no matter what. Just let fear go and do not let it back in.
You can fall in love with your body daily. Make a commitment today to view yourself with gentle and loving eyes and as you do, you’ll begin to change your mindset and feel better about yourself inside and out.