Many of us are itching to get back out into the world and experience some normalcy once again, but social events and in-person gatherings might cause body image issues and insecurities to resurface. Stress can take a toll on the body, and after a global pandemic, many of us are not at the same fitness level we were two years ago. Today we bring you a few strategies to feel confident and secure in your body as you head back into the world.
The words we speak to ourselves are often the harshest. Be an ally to yourself and accept your body by using compassion when thinking and talking about yourself. Don’t engage in deprecating jokes or language.
Know that everyone is experiencing their own insecurities
While you may look in the mirror and see subtle differences from week to week, the reality is that most people around you aren’t even thinking about your body or how it’s changed. Everyone around you is facing their own body image issues, but the truth is that most people are judging their own bodies more than anyone around them is. People will be too busy being excited to just see your face to face again to even think about your body or fitness.
Ignore critical voices
The unfortunate truth is that not everyone is well-versed in the body-positive language. Whether it’s your mother suggesting a workout class or a friend commenting on baby weight, we must learn to let these comments roll off our backs. Know that how you feel about yourself is what matters most and practice using body-positive language with yourself and others to encourage less judgment and more kindness.
Find true priorities
It’s time to let go of the idea that simply being skinnier will make you happier. If you do want to make health and fitness a bigger part of your routine, think about progress in terms of tangible goals, not weight loss. Aim to go for a hike three times a week, achieve a difficult yoga pose, or learn to cook new and challenging recipes.
Focus on what your body can do
Our bodies have value not because of how they look, but what they allow us to do. Your body carries you through the world, lets you find new places, and gives your strength. Appreciate what your body does for you and focus on what it allows you to accomplish. This idea is a big part of body neutrality which we explored in this article.
Wear clothes that make you feel good
Dressing to go back out into the world is exciting. Wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident. You should be able to enjoy a meal and adventure with friends without thinking about how your clothes are fitting.
Prune your social media
Social media is a huge factor in body positivity issues. If people you follow on social media promote content that makes you feel inferior or judged, it’s probably time to unfollow or at least mute their page. Simultaneously, you can seek out content creators actively working to promote healthier body images and let social media be a force for good in your day.
After a global pandemic, we all have a newfound appreciation for our health and stability. Thank your body for protecting and supporting you during this difficult time and be grateful for your health every day.