February is the month of love.
It seems the world has deemed Valentine’s Day as the only day that you’re supposed to show your significant other, best friend, etc how much you truly love them. For me that’s just not good enough. My parents and closest friends have showed me in countless ways how much they love and care about me beyond V-Day.
The best way to get love from others is to show love to yourself. As cliche as that may sound, it’s true. Picture this, you’re dating around trying to figure out who your perfect match is, yet you have horrible body odor. No guy or girl is going to want to sit down with you, yet alone date you if you smell like fish. Good hygiene should be #1 on the list of Dos and Donts when dating. What I’m trying to express to you is that when you take the time to cherish your body it shows to others.
So, if you’re in need of a little pick me up check out these 5 Ways to Love Your Body!
1. Learn to appreciate that God made you the way you are for a reason.
There is no one in this world like you, except if you have a twin, but even then you each share your own unique differences. God took his time on you when He created you. He made no mistake in how He made your hair curly or your nose long. When you learn to truly appreciate that He made you like no one else you’ll begin to see how unique you truly are. Sure you may dress like your favorite celebrity, but on the inside you are you and no one can change that.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
-Psalm 139:14 NIV
2. Say something good about your body each day.
Kindness kills, of course not literally, but figuratively speaking. When you speak kind words you’re putting those words out in the universe for the whole world to see. When you say “I am beautiful in my own skin” you’re telling the world that no matter what you may think or say about me I’m confident in my own skin.
3. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
Dr. Maine shared in her book Body Wars that women and men have so much pressure to value their bodies more than they do to contribute to their work-life, family and community. She shares that in the U.S. 8 million girls and women struggle with eating disorders. That number is insane! Now, of course everyone hates acne and we’ll try about anything to get rid of a pimple, but at the end of the day is that pimple the end of the world? Focusing on the blessings this life can often bring can help brighten your day.
4. Take a break from social media
If you find yourself comparing how you look to the Instagram models or fitness gurus just stop it! You’re not going to look like them. Each body is genetically made to look a certain way. By stressing over how so and so looks on social media you’re failing to realize the great way your own body looks.
5. Appreciate the body of someone else that may not look like you
As I mentioned earlier in order for others to cherish you, you first have to cherish yourself. The same applies to other people. In order to appreciate yourself you have to learn to appreciate how other people look, too. Fat-shaming and skinny-shaming is something that needs to just go away. We are all made in our own unique image, so own it and be the best you that you can be.
My body frame has always been small and for years I had thoughts of wanting to become thicker because of what other people would say. Today, however, I love every inch of my 124.6 lb. body and will not be ashamed of it. I lift weights just like the next girl, but my DNA just won’t seem to make me thicker and that’s okay. Let’s learn to love our bodies and encourage someone else to do the same.