You may have heard of the Body–Positive movement and wonder a bit about it. Here are the basics of what it means to be body–positive.
1. Give yourself permission to eat
Eating is not an “indulgence.” You need to eat to live. It’s okay to eat.
2. Stop looking at pro-ana blogs and thinspiration
The kinds of blogs that obsess over markers of thinness, such as thigh gaps and protruding collar bones are not good for your psyche. Check out body positive blogs such as “Stop Hating Your Body” and “The Body Positive.”
3. Wear whatever you want to wear
Go ahead and wear clothes that you feel great in. Forget the haters.
4. Practice self-care
Take a bath, paint your nails, take a nap, cook dinner with a friend — whatever self-care means to you.
5. Don’t body-shame others
Don’t comment on other people’s bodies, either to their face or behind their back. It’s not polite and it’s not healthy for you or those around you. If you want to compliment your friends, it’s good practice to talk about their accomplishments or their smarts, but get out of the mentality that other people’s bodies need your commentary.
6. Don’t confuse “healthy” for “thin.”
There are people who work out every day who weigh more than those who don’t. At the same time, someone does not need to prove that they are exercising in order to gain approval.
7. Engage in physical activity because it’s fun, not because you’re pressured.
Just like Michelle Obama says, “Let’s Move!” but do so because you want to, not because someone is telling you to lose weight. Join a sport or play outside with some friends.
8. Eat food that makes you feel good
Your body tells you what it needs. After you eat you should feel energized, not exhausted.
9. Surround yourself with body positivity
Body positive people, blogs, and thoughts!
10. Appreciate your body for what it can do
Think of your body in terms of how it works, not in terms of how it looks. Touch your skin and think about how it protects you. Feel your arms and appreciate how they move. Love your body. Love yourself.