You only have one body, and thus, it is crucial to learn to love it just the way it is. If you hate any aspect of your body, nothing you do will ever be enough. You will always look for ways to correct what you deem ‘imperfections’ and despise the reflection you see in the mirror.
Unfortunately, hating your appearance can lead to insecurities, self-esteem issues, lack of self-confidence, and even mental health conditions such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Social Appearance Anxiety (SAA).
Learning how to love your body is important because chasing perfection can be frustrating and exhausting. It is also your responsibility to love yourself. After all, if you don’t love your body, who else will? And why should they? In this post, we shall discuss several reasons to love your body and accept it the way it is.
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Reasons Why You Should Love Your Body
- Your body will love you back
What goes around comes around. Hence, you should learn how to love your body so it will love you back.
Sadly, many people criticize their bodies and try to change their appearance because they don’t like how they look. But have you ever paused to think about all the things your body does for you? You can see, breathe, eat, talk, dance, walk, and even carry another human being for nine months.
Learn how to love your body by appreciating all the good things it enables you to do. Remember that many other people’s bodies can’t do what yours can. It is vital to love and care for your body so you can continue living and doing great things for many more years.
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- A healthy body is a beautiful body
Instead of looking at your outward appearance to determine how beautiful you are, focus on your health.
Things such as the number on the weighing scale, your facial appearance, or your body type don’t show the whole picture of who you are or your health. There is so much more to you than what you look like; hence your appearance should not determine your sense of self-worth.
Stepping away from the scale and having routines that make you feel good, such as taking a healthy balanced diet and exercising, will go a long way in helping you learn how to love your body. You will build a better relationship with your body when you give yourself a break and accept your body the way it is while also focusing on being healthy.
- You are being mean to yourself
Are you aware that you judge yourself more harshly than others do? When you look at your reflection in the mirror, you probably only focus on what you perceive to be flawed. However, according to research, you are 20% more beautiful to other people.
The outside world can see more than just your physical appearance – they perceive you as a whole, for example, your personality, actions, style, and many other aspects of who you are. Thus, one of the reasons why you should learn how to love your body is the realization that you are being mean to yourself by hating particular things about yourself.
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- Your body is not to blame for your failures
Many people usually blame their bodies for the bad things happening in their life. You think that your body is the reason you weren’t accepted into a particular program, why someone did not want to be in a relationship with you, or why you couldn’t fit into a certain group. However, if you want to learn how to love your body, you need to stop blaming it for your failures.
Realize that if people judge you based on your looks, that is their problem. If someone doesn’t want to accept you the way you are, they are the losers. Your worth is not determined by your appearance but by who you are.
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- Perfect is impossible
So what if you don’t have a model-thin body or flawless skin? If you want to learn how to love your body, it is time to conquer the perfectionist in you. Stop stressing yourself about things you don’t have and enjoy what you have. Also, focus on the good that your body brings you.
Comparing your body with those of others you think are perfect will only bring negative thoughts about yourself. You might start dieting and exercising every day, or perhaps even have plastic surgery while hoping to attain that ‘perfect’ body. But by chasing perfection, you could be putting too many expectations on your body, and it may be frustrating when you fail to achieve what you want.
Some things may be unachievable, no matter how hard you try. Hence, when learning how to love your body, you should recognize your strengths and weaknesses and accept them as part of who you are. To foster self-love, practice affirmations, ditch social media, and stop comparing your body with others.
- Others look up to you
Do you want to one day find your daughter or son scowling at their physical appearance when looking in the mirror? Your answer is most likely ‘no’.
No matter how you look, if you learn how to love your body and are proud of it, you will pass that self-love down to your kids, who will have a positive self-image too.
- Your happiness should not be determined by your appearance
Your body type, shape, size, or facial appearance do not determine your happiness. It should come from within. If your happiness relies on your physical appearance, you will likely not be happy for very long because your looks can change due to many factors, including age, accidents, and more.
How you feel about yourself matters more than anything as it affects your quality of life. Thus, when learning how to love your body, you should accept yourself and find ways to be happy no matter how you look. Do more things that bring you joy and thank your body for enabling you to do them.
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- You honor your family
Some people usually hate their bodies because they inherited what they consider ‘bad’ family traits. For example, your weight, skin color, facial features, body type, height, etc.
To learn how to love your body, you should start viewing these ‘imperfections’ as reminders of your loved ones. They also make you unique and are a way for you to honor your family.
- You are in your best body right now
One of the mistakes people make is trying to fit into the clothes they wore when they were a smaller size. But doing this only makes you sad and frustrated when you realize you can’t wear those clothes anymore.
If you want to learn how to love your body, you have to let go of the past. Give away the clothes that no longer fit and buy new ones that are suitable for the body you have now. Keeping old clothes in your closet or wearing them will act as a reminder of who you were, thus making you dissatisfied with how you look now.
Life is already hard without you adding an internal battle into the mix. Acknowledging that you are in the best body right now is a step closer to self-acceptance and self-love.
- Loving yourself prompts others to love you
How other people see you can be influenced by how you view yourself. Hence, if you are always self-critical, other people may lose respect and confidence in you, feel free to criticize you as well or give you compliments in an attempt to make you feel better about yourself.
On the other hand, if you show others that you love yourself, they will love you too or at least respect you. It also shows them how to love you and that you know you are worthy of love. Learning how to love your body is important because you would be doing yourself a great injustice by bashing yourself.
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And there you have them – above are some reasons why you should love your body. So, stop spending so much time hating your body or trying to change particular things about your appearance. It is time you realize that your body is one of the best things you have. It enables you to do many great things every day; hence it deserves some love.
Nevertheless, even as you learn how to love your body, you should also respect other people’s bodies. That is the first step to stopping body shaming and appreciating each other just the way we are.
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