How to ACTUALLY Love Your Body


These days, almost everyone has an opinion on loving your body and how to do it. However, it still remains a point of confusion, frustration, and abandonment for many people. This is because it can be harder said than done, especially with the many factors that can cause the hating of one's body.


Acceptance Before Love

One of the first steps toward loving your body is acceptance. Accepting your body can be seen as viewing it in a more neutral way, not positive or negative. This in itself can take a substantial amount of time, but it's important to remember that slow progress is still progress. Think about your body as being either "good" or "bad", and work on accepting it for what it is.


Feel Better

Feeling physically better on the inside can help you have more appreciation and love for your body. Everything from eating more fruits and veggies to doing your favorite type of exercise can help. Thrive, a lifestyle plan created to help people meet peak physical and mental states, is another way to feel better. Simply looking up "Thrive Reviews" on the Internet can show you how successful the program has been for others in feeling better both mentally and physically. This website shows a collection of reviews to explain the results of others better.


Be Intuitive

Going along with feeling better, making sure you listen to and respect your body is another way to help you grow your love for your body. Eating when and what you feel like eating, making sure to eat enough but not so much that you don't feel well, and exercising in ways that your body likes are all examples of this. This article explains the benefits of intuitive eating more in depth. For many, a primary plant-based, intuitive way of eating seems to be the magic combination to feeling better and appreciating their body.


Change Up Your Daily Routine

It's no secret that continuing to keep the same routine will not help with loving your body. Something needs to change, but luckily it doesn't have to be too hard of a process. This article shares various, simplified ways to switch up difference aspects of your daily routine. From daily meditation to volunteering at soup kitchens, there are a ton of little things you can do in your free time that will help reduce stress, release endorphins, put you in a better mood, and have better thoughts about your body.


Change Up Your Thoughts

Challenging your negative thoughts is one of the biggest things that you can do to help you retrain your mind to self-love and body-positive thoughts. You can easily start this process by simply keeping tabs on the kind of thoughts you are having. Notice and keep mental notes on what you are thinking, how frequently you are thinking both positive and negative thoughts, and where you are thinking these thoughts. Then, when you feel ready, try to challenge the negative thoughts. What makes these thoughts untrue? Why are they invalid, and why are the positive thoughts valid? Trace back where these thoughts are stemming from in order to get to the root of the problem.


Don't Be Too Hard On Yourself

It's important to avoid beating yourself up if you mess up in challenging negative thoughts or changing your lifestyle right away. Things like this take time, and will be difficult, especially at first. Getting mad at yourself for messing up or not seeing progress fast enough will only slow the process down and leave you more upset than before. Slow down and take things day by day, or even minute by minute! Remember, there are people who believe in you (including me) and good luck in your journey of well-deserved body-love and self-acceptance! You are a total boss and 100% got this!

Author's Bio: 

Kevin is a freelance writer, who loves reading and writing about self-improvement. He loves his family, managing his finances (ha), and studying new industries.