5 Ways To Show Your Body Love

Meagan Kerr wears Still I Rise Top from Firefly by Rachel Harrison

Our self image is informed by so many things in this digital age – celebrities, parents, friends, the media … it’s easy to get lost and forget to love your body amidst all the messages that tell us to be thinner, richer, faster, better. Here are a few ways that I show my body love and appreciation, which have in turn helped me to change how I feel about myself.

How To Show Your Body Love: Comparison is the thief of joy

1. Stop comparing yourself to others

Whether it’s comparing yourself to someone you know or to someone you follow on social media, just stop it! It seems to be an ingrained part of our culture, so I know it’s not easy to switch off, but do at least try to be aware of it and replace those thoughts as you go. Instead of comparing yourself to someone else (whether it be weight, success, hair, skin, body or lifestyle), focus on the great things in your life. Embrace those lush lashes, your curvy body, your curly hair, your contribution at work, the time you spend with your friends and family – they are infinitely more important in your life than what someone else is doing.

How To Show Your Body Love: "I feel good in my own skin because I've accepted the fact that I'm me. That's what's so great about being alive and being on this planet: Everybody's different." Kelly Osbourne

2. Celebrate your differences

I spent a long time hating my body. My fat thighs. My hair that was neither curly nor straight. The gap in my teeth. The way my laugh sounds… Gosh that was tiring! When I was learning to love myself I found that those were some of the things that made me different to others. Write down what makes you unique and celebrate those differences.

How To Show Your Body Love: “and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.” Nayyirah Waheed

3. Listen to your body

We are taught from a young age not to listen to our bodies wants and needs (e.g being told to eat everything on our plate). It’s hard to learn to hear the inner cues our body gives us but when we do it can be pretty eye opening. Show your body love by being concious about how you treat it. There are a few things that are a part of my essential self care that have come about as part of listening to my body over the last few years – I’ll share a couple of them here but be aware that yours might be different

  • I have a lot of food allergies and intolerances, and quite a few of them were discovered when I started listening to my body and paying attention to what it was telling me when I ate certain things. After speaking with my nutritionist, I’ve stopped eating those things and have found so many improvements in everything from my health to my daily life.
  • I can’t be everything to everyone – saying no is important. I’m naturally a yes person, I love exciting new projects and helping my friends succeed … but sometimes I find myself overloading my plate. Learning to say no before I start to feel overwhelmed was really hard but it’s so important for my mental and physical health.
  • Exercise is a critical part of my self care, not just for my physical health and to help gain strength back after my surgery, but for my mental health. It took me a long time to figure out what kind of exercise I enjoyed and to realise that it’s okay not to love all kinds of exercise. I don’t work out at the gym every day (usually only 2-3 times a week), some days I do more gentle kinds of exercise like going for a walk or a swim, or doing yoga.
  • If I don’t get enough sleep, I won’t be able to work at my best and I will end up exhausted. In the last few months I’ve completely changed my sleep habits to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier, and my body is absolutely loving it.
  • I need routine and plans and structure. Going to bed and getting up at set times is just the beginning, marking out time in my day to work, to relax, to eat, that kind of structure is important for me. I make to do lists and enjoy planning things out and ticking them off.

4. Treat yourself

I often find myself getting caught up in work and as a result can end up working all kinds of hours. It’s important to me to stop and take time to do something nice for myself – reading a book, putting on a face mask, taking a bath, that kind of thing. Other treats like facials, massages and manicures are great too, but they cost a lot of money and I’m a writer so they’re not in my budget all that often. I like to treat myself at home instead, with lovely scented Lush baths and my fave Dermalogica face masks – that means I can give myself a bit of TLC more often, and save up for other beauty treatments for really special occasions.

How To Show Your Body Love: I am enough

5. Positive Self Talk

Sometimes, we aren’t very nice to ourselves. We say things about ourselves and our bodies that we’d never dream of saying to someone else, because they’re mean. Give yourself a break and work on switching your mindset to more positive self talk. Focus on the things you love about yourself and your achievements (I’ve got beautifully long mermaidy hair, I’m smart, I am great at taking care of my dog, I’m a good mum etc.). Sit down and make a list to remind yourself if you’re struggling with this one – I bet there are more amazing things about you that you’re not even seeing! If you find yourself thinking or saying something negative about yourself, take a moment to recognise that’s what you’re doing and follow it with some positive self talk.

How do you show your body love?
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7 Comments

  1. February 7, 2018 / 2:07 am

    I love my long hair and I take extra care of my super sensitive skin. I have tons of allergies and I cook for myself so I am not denied certain foods that I cannot eat otherwise.

    • September 27, 2014 / 8:53 pm

      I love the idea of a self love challenge for a month! Such a great way to break old habits that aren’t so good and start new ones that will help you on the path to happiness. Thanks so much for sharing xx

  2. July 19, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    I love this post Meagan!!! These things are so important! Its so sad to see so many women, girls and even men with such low self images and esteems now days! I think every parent, every person needs to start being more positive about their body and self cause we are teaching kids our bad habits… Anyway Im ranting! Great post!!!

    • July 22, 2014 / 8:29 am

      Thanks Charlene! Yes, I totally agree with you – we need to start building ourselves and our kids up!!!

  3. shannon
    July 1, 2014 / 9:03 am

    I am totally printing this , I am trying to love myself for who I am, and this is what I have started practising , thank you 🙂

    • July 1, 2014 / 10:28 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that Shannon! Best of luck with your journey xo

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