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It’s summer time, and that means it’s time for many women to unnecessarily dread bathing suits and more revealing clothing. It’s difficult to love your body when magazines and ads are telling you what you can do to improve them, suggesting they’re not good enough, especially during the summer. Of course it benefits everyone to stay healthy and active, but it’s just as important to love what you have. Here are some tips to help you love your body if you’re having any trouble.
1) Take care of your body and pamper it. This doesn’t mean you have to make any drastic changes or improvements, but simple steps like putting lotion on your hands when they feel dry help you appreciate your body and love it more. If you put care into your body, it will most likely make you feel better. This doesn’t mean you have to go tanning, change your hair color or put gobs of makeup on. This just means natural care, like making sure your body has enough moisture, keeping it clean and satisfied. If you feel like “beautifying” yourself, then go right ahead, but don’t feel that it’s necessary to paint your toenails or shave every day even.
2) Eat healthy and exercise an appropriate amount. Again, this is not to change your body to conform to the thin ideal necessarily. This is about feeling comfortable in your own body. For example, eating the right foods can make you feel strong, confident and lively. Eating the wrong foods could make you feel bloated and fatigued, which benefits no one. When you pay attention to what your body needs, it can be rewarding. The same goes for exercise. If you sit around all day and have problems getting up the stairs, this isn’t making your life more worthwhile. When you are able to get anywhere without too much effort, life is that much easier. Sarah Maria, a body image expert, stated on her website that you should “focus on how you feel rather than what your scale is saying.” Eating healthy and exercising can help you emotionally too, which also benefits your experience in life.
3) Avoid magazines and books that focus too much on perfecting your body and appearance.