Learn to Love Your Body
Working to reject how shame negatively influences our choices will help us enjoy the sunny summer days to the fullest! One of the best ways to do this is to learn to recognize and reject negative self-messages and replace unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with positive alternatives.
- Replace negative self-talk with one self-compliment. Each time you find yourself sounding more like Regina from “Mean Girls” and criticizing details of your body, apologize to your body by thinking of one aspect you like.
- Be a critical consumer of media. Whether you are scrolling through Pinterest or flipping through the pages of a magazine, keep in mind that the image has been airbrushed, stretched, shrunk, and brightened to create an unrealistic ideal. Even the woman, or man, in the photo can’t fit the ideal they are made to represent!
- Place sticky notes on top of your swimsuits with body positive messages. Then when you go to pick out your swimsuit, you will be ready to rock it with confidence!