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Boost Your Self-Esteem: Body Positivity Tips for Summer

As we approach the summer season, it's natural for even the most physically fit individuals to struggle with body image and self-perception. This time of year often encourages people to spend more time outdoors, exposing their legs, stomach, and sometimes, even their buttocks. In a society that frequently promotes unrealistic beauty standards, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and inadequate if your appearance doesn't fit the traditional definition of what culture currently defines as, "beauty."

How can I boost my self-esteem this summer?

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Regardless of what standard may be set, this summer, and every day of our lives, we aim to embrace this powerful message, mindset, and attitude: I am loving and honoring myself by being true to who I am. This allows me to show others the fulfillment, joy, and freedom that comes from loving yourself for who you are. Let's discuss...


The Importance of Self Love and Body Positivity

Loving yourself is the foundation of a healthy mind, body, and spirit. It's about accepting and honoring who you are, unlocking the courage and inspiration to live authentically. It means not making choices to fit in but walking in awareness, acceptance, and clarity of who you are. It's a journey, and it's okay if you don't love everything about yourself, but that shouldn't stop you from recognizing your worth. Embracing your flaws allows you to love what makes you different and not see being different as a negative.


Self-acceptance is crucial for mental and emotional well-being, especially in a world where external validation is often considered. It's about showing people how much you love yourself, not by showing off, but by expressing yourself authentically and positively.


Remember, it all begins with you. If you're struggling, know that it's okay and that many others have been there too. However, I want you to know that to feel beautiful, purposeful, valuable, and loved, you have to find that within yourself. Realizing this may not leave you feeling good, at first, but it should encourage you to work on improving your self-esteem.


What are some body positivity tips for young adults?

Practical Tips to Boost Your Self-Esteem


Be Mindful of what's Influencing You: Isn't it amazing that in today's world, we have the freedom to choose where we seek inspiration from? There are numerous avenues and platforms available, each catering to our styles and preferences for receiving information. When coupled with the power to select whose content we consume, we have a powerful tool for ensuring that the media we engage with celebrates body positivity, champions self-love, advocates for body confidence and acceptance, and fosters a mindset of mindful living. Use the tools you have, right between your fingertips, to provide the nourishment you need.


Practice Self-Compassion: Remember to always speak to yourself with kindness and understanding. Instead of letting negative self-talk bring you down, practice using positive statements or affirmations that emphasize your value and worth. This will help you build self-confidence and maintain a positive mindset.


Engage in Joyful Movement: It's essential to find physical activities that not only promote your well-being but also bring you genuine joy. Instead of focusing solely on exercise for weight loss, prioritize activities that you love and look forward to. This is crucial for making long-term, sustainable lifestyle changes. Consider what activities make you happy and get your body moving without feeling like traditional exercise. Whether it's dancing, gardening, or playing a sport, find ways to incorporate these enjoyable activities into your daily routine. By intentionally infusing your day with activities that bring you joy, you can create a sustainable and fulfilling approach to staying physically active.


How can I improve my body image and self-love?

Curate Your Social Media Feed: I want to share some thoughts with you about how setting goals can be a great way to work on self-improvement. When you pinpoint your goals, it helps you focus on what matters and what you need to do to align with your true self. It can be challenging to make changes and see things from a new perspective, especially when you're not used to it. This is where Pinterest comes in. I encourage you to create a private Pinterest board dedicated to your goals. Pin things that resonate with your aspirations and dreams. This will not only show you what's possible, but it will also offer inspiration on how your life could be once you achieve your goals. You can also receive helpful tips on how to work towards achieving your goal. It's a cool tool that kind of guides you towards your destination. Customize your Pinterest experience to reflect where you want to go and what you need to travel well. Let it inspire you to keep pushing forward until you reach your goals.


 

Finding Self-Love and Beauty in Scripture: Verses to Inspire You


In a world where external appearances often take center stage, it's essential to remember that true beauty and self-worth come from within. For many, turning to spiritual guidance can provide a profound sense of reassurance and self-acceptance. The Bible offers timeless wisdom on the inherent value and beauty of every individual, reminding us that we are wonderfully made and deeply loved. Incorporating these verses into your daily routine can help reinforce a positive self-image and cultivate a deeper appreciation for who you are. Here are some inspiring Bible verses that speak to the heart of self-love and inner beauty.


But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. -1 Samuel 16:7


You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. -Song of Solomon 4:7


For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. -Ephesians 2:10


Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. -1 Peter 3:3-4


 

Who are some body-positive influencers to follow?

Dress for Your Happiness: When it comes to choosing your wardrobe, prioritize clothing that not only looks great on you but also makes you feel comfortable. Don't be swayed too much by current fashion trends. Focus on choosing outfits that boost your confidence and reflect your style. Dress in a way that makes you feel fabulous and showcases your personality. Remember, it's more important to impress yourself with your style choices rather than seek the approval of others. Let your confidence and individuality shine through your fashion choices.


Practice Gratitude: Take the time to reflect on the wonderful aspects of your body that you appreciate and jot them down. By showing yourself love and appreciation, you're creating a space for more love to flow through you so that you may truly experience and enjoy the beauty of your body. One of the most remarkable aspects of our bodies is our incredible minds. While we often focus on physical attributes, it's important not to overlook the power of our minds. Our minds give us the ability to choose happiness over sadness and actively shape our perceptions and experiences. Practicing gratitude is a powerful way to transform your outlook and mindset to one of positivity and enjoyment. As you begin to identify and honor the things you love about yourself, you'll gradually realize the multitude of things there are to appreciate, diminishing any feelings of dislike, shame, or negativity that your mind may try to hold onto. The next time you find yourself feeling disheartened, take a moment to recognize and appreciate the incredible opportunity your mind provides to focus on happiness. Express your gratitude for this gift.


Set Realistic Goals: Instead of fixating on achieving perfection, concentrate on your personal growth and progress. Take time to celebrate the small victories and improvements along the way, as they contribute significantly to your overall development.


 

What is your favorite way to practice self-love and boost your self-esteem?

  • Following body positive influencers

  • Practicing mindfulness and meditation

  • Engaging in joyful movement

  • Writing in a gratitude journal


 

 

Surround Yourself with Supportive People: Make it a priority to invest quality time in the company of friends and family members who bring out the best in you and support your sense of self-worth. Surround yourself with individuals who uplift and encourage you.


Engage in Mindfulness and Meditation: Engage in mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, body scanning, and meditation to cultivate a non-judgmental awareness of your body. Embrace the present moment and genuinely appreciate your body's sensations, movements, and abilities without criticism or evaluation.


How can I practice self-acceptance and love my body?

Seek Professional Help if Needed: If you are struggling with body image issues, and you find that it's significantly impacting your mental health, it's important to consider seeking help from a qualified professional. Speaking with a therapist can provide you with the necessary support and guidance to address these challenges. If you are not yet ready to speak to someone in person, you can always reach out for support anonymously by contacting the 988 Lifeline. Taking this step can be an important part of your journey toward better mental well-being.


 

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

 

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Dr. Amirah B. Abdullah

Amirah B. Abdullah, DrPH

Dr. A is a Mindfulness Coach with a passion for helping individuals build the muscle that influences everything they do. For Your Inner G is committed to helping you improve your mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being to support and encourage adulting success!


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