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Check out our podcast episode 4 where we talk about body positivity vs body neutrality!

As women we have it rough… Let's work on improving self image.

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Women are taught to hate their bodies. Women are taught that their bodies have to fit into certain narrow standards of beauty and fitness, and women are taught that there's something wrong with them if they don't fit into those standards. But it's time for all of us – men and women alike – to stop this cycle. We need to teach our daughters, sister, friends and ourselves how beautiful every body is, not just the ones that conform to an impossible ideal.

I want my daughter or sister or best friends – and yours (and myself) to not feel like we need to change ourselves in order for someone else's approval or acceptance, but instead knowing that we're good enough as we are right now! With this post I'll give you some practical ways that you can start changing the way you think about your body; both for yourself and for the women in your life.

It's time to change the way we are taught to view our bodies.

It’s time for us to stop judging women by their bodies and start treating them as people. How can we work towards improving self image?

It’s time for us do more than just acknowledge that objectification happens, but rather, it's time for all of us—both men and women—to clearly see how harmful this type of thinking is, especially when it comes from within our own community. It's vital that we recognize objectification when we see it or hear about it happening somewhere else so that we can take action against it in our own lives and communities.

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It's okay to be neutral towards your body, but you should never hate it.

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It's okay to be neutral towards your body, but you should never hate it. This can be a difficult line to walk, especially if you've been taught to value being thin as the ultimate goal of good health and self-care. But very few people are naturally able to accept their bodies in the way we're told we should.

Instead of trying so hard to love yourself and your body, focus on learning how to accept it for what it is—it doesn't need massive changes or grand gestures of self-love for you both to get along better; just simple acceptance will do from now on!

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Body neutrality also means that you don't stand in judgement of others' bodies 

  • Body neutrality also means that you don’t stand in judgement of others' bodies. You are not a body police, and you don't have the right to tell someone their body is wrong or bad. You don't get to judge them based on their size or shape or ability, either.
  • Body neutrality also means that you don’t stand in judgement of your own body.* You are not a body police, and you don't have the right to tell yourself your body is wrong or bad. You don't get to judge yourself based on your size or shape or ability, either.

More on what body neutrality vs body positivity means HERE

Practical ways to improve your self image.

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Now that you know what size does matter, it's time to give yourself a little bit of love. Here are some tips for improving your self-image:

  • Be kind to yourself. The more compassion you can find in your heart for yourself, the more likely it is that you will feel comfortable being authentic with others and engaging in healthy relationships with them. When we're feeling good about ourselves, we have less need to seek validation from other people because they already know how amazing we are!
  • Don't compare yourself to others. We all want our lives to be awesome, but there's no need for comparison between ourselves and others; everyone has their own unique path that looks different than anyone else's (even though similarities often exist).
  • Internalizing these differences means not only accepting them but also celebrating them! I'm sure there are plenty of reasons why each person was put on Earth; even if those reasons aren't immediately apparent, there must be something special about us because otherwise why would this world have been created?

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Wrapping up…

If you are feeling insecure about your body and want to do something about it, start by being more positive towards yourself. Give yourself permission to be a little more selfish with your time, money and energy. In other words, treat yourself well. If you don’t have the money to get a gym membership or go shopping for new clothes right now—that’s okay! Start small by taking some time each day to do something that makes you feel good on the inside (like reading a book).

Even though this may not seem like much at first glance, over time these small changes can have a huge impact on how we feel about our bodies in general: they help us get closer toward understanding what “good enough” means—and that is what matters most of all.

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