I surely do know it is very important we value and see our bodies and appearance for more than what they look like. Absolutely. It is an incredible thing that our bodies carry us around from day to day, pump blood to our heart, fuel our brain and allow us to do a myriad of amazing things that contribute to us living our lives. One of the most powerful positive body image tips I know of is to always value our bodies in this way and remember they are so much more than what they look like.
BUT! If we can learn to appreciate our bodies for what they do AND how they look – we’ve potentially got a winning combination for positive body image and self esteem. Weight loss companies and deceptive beauty advertising is, put frankly, designed to make us feel bad about our bodies, faces, hair and indeed, our entire self and the way we look. Its aim is to make us feel inferior and down about ourselves so we will buy that product or go on that diet in the hope we can ‘fix’ ourselves. That ‘fix’ of course will never come from a tube of cream, or at the very least, only be a temporary boost to our self esteem. Lasting change about how we feel about ourselves and our appearance can only come from within.
So…I want to start a little tidal wave here at Beautiful You. I want you to tell me at least two things you love about your body, appearance, looks – the outer you that the world gets to see. I appreciate that for some of us (maybe even you) this is not an easy thing to do. All those messages we see every day telling us we are not ok can be very powerful. But I’m here to tell you that they are not as powerful as you are. Not even close. Your thinking, heart, intellect and positivity can outstrip all those messages if you harness your personal power and choose to think beautiful thoughts about your body and the way you look.
To get the ball rolling I think it only fair I tell you two things I love about the way I look. Fair’s fair! Firstly – I love my smile. It’s a killer and with dimples to boot. Still amazes me that a dentist tried to convince my Mum when I was a pre-teen that I truly, ruly, absolutely needed braces. She had the good sense to know that was absolutely ridiculous for someone who had pretty near perfect, even, straight teeth. It has inspired me to look after them well ever since (she said there would be trouble if I didn’t!) and smile as often as I could. Love my smile.
The part of my body I love the best is my waist. Not a usual pick for many people I know but I have a real appreciation for mine. I have a very pronounced ’pear’ shape, with the bottom half of my body being quite a bit larger than my top half. This used to really annoy me (straight dresses and skirts are a no-go for me because – put plainly – they just don’t fit without extensive tailoring) but I have learnt that because of my pear shape I have a very pronounced and easy to define waist that gives me a curvaceous hourglass shape. I have learnt to highlight my waist with a-line dresses and skirts, and belted waists and jackets look great on me as they curve in the middle and sit just right. Love my waist.
So Beautiful You – tell me and others as well, what two things you most love about your looks. Please share more if you want! I know there are a thousand things that are beautiful about you – but do you know that? Can you be brave and positive enough to share? Of course you can! Be proud and positive about the way you look. I am certain that by telling me in a comment below what you most love about your appearance, that it will make you feel great and even inspire someone else reading to do the same.
Can’t wait for you all to share. Love Your Looks!