Body positive week was the 8th to the 14th of May this year….but it doesn’t stop there!
Body positivity is here to stay……it’s for life!
Unfortunately, body positivity is a relatively new concept to me because for as long I could remember I hated my body. I was so cruel to myself and said things to the mirror you wouldn’t say to your worst enemy. Thankfully in the last year I have finally put all that behind me, my confidence has grown and I am so much happier.
Events such as body positive week are so important as they provide support, education and a platform to reach out to people who are hurting.
According to everyone’s best friend Google;
“The Body Positive Movement is a movement that encourages people to adopt more forgiving and affirming attitudes towards their bodies, with the goal of improving overall health and well-being”
Now, this is the technical definition of body positivity but what does it really mean??
The very fact that body positivity is now been described as a movement is a triumph itself.
This means its gaining momentum. We are bombarded everyday with images, articles, and adverts that tell us there is something wrong with us if we don’t look a certain way. The only problem is there are so many “certain ways”, that having them all is physically impossible. We are all guilty of, at some stage, chasing that idea of “perfection” - this again is physically impossible as what’s perfect is completely subjective and unique to every individual.
Body positivity does not discriminate!
Body positivity is about every man and woman being able to appreciate and admire the skin they are in without feelings of guilt or shame. It is also about changing peoples attitudes and creating a culture of acceptance where no one will judge another for their size or shape.
This doesn’t mean we should all start prancing around in the nip telling everyone how much we love our bodies, but it does mean that you should be kinder to yourself and to others.
When you learn to accept and love what you do have instead of been consumed by what
you think you should have the world becomes a brighter, happier place, going to the beach wont fill you with dread, showing your partner your new lingerie wont fill you with fear.
A few simple ways to be more body positive;
If you get nothing else from this please remember these 2 things;
Lots of love,