10 Ways To Be Body Positive This Month
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10 Ways To Be Body Positive This Month

Love yourself, yo.

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10 Ways To Be Body Positive This Month
Lim Heng Swee

It's important to keep tabs on your mental health- especially if you are prone to body dysmorphia. Every month, I like to take some steps to ensure that my relationship with my body stays healthy and strong. So, while we're still in the very first days of March, here's a few tips on staying body positive this month.

1. Take a few minutes every morning to thank your body for all it does for you.

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Just a few deep breathes, and a mental list of all the things your body lets you do every day. Be that running a mile or just feeling the sun on your face.

2. Refuse to judge other people's bodies.

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Insist on seeing people as more than just their physical appearance. Beauty is subjective, remember that.

3. Look for things you like about yourself when you see your reflection.

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Try to make a list. Do you love your eyes? Your freckles? A unique birthmark, or your strong shoulders? Remember, your body has functions beyond looking pretty.

4. Work out to feel good, not look good.

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It's not about getting a six-pack or becoming a Size 2, it's about lifting those weights and being able to run that mile. Get that endorphin high!

5. Surround yourself with positive influences.

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Get yourself a squad that surrounds you with love and positivity. Don't let negative people get too close to your sparkle.

6. Don't compare yourself to other people.

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7. Indulge yourself with little things that make you happy.

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Buy yourself a little gift every now and again. A new lipstick, an ice-cream cone, whatever floats your boat. You deserve it!

8. Stop equating a certain body ideal with morality.

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No, being a smaller pant size won't make you a better person. Stop telling yourself otherwise.

9. Compliment strangers.

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10. See yourself as a whole person.

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