The Importance Of Learning To Love Your Body

The Importance Of Learning To Love Your Body

Your body loves you, so love it back!
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Some days I have terrible body image. Some days I "feel fat" and bloated. Some days I get down on myself. Now, I know I'm not the only person who experiences these emotions, and I know it's a normal part of being human. But how we deal with these feelings can have a tremendous affect on how we function overall.

When I find myself in these moments, it's easy for me to turn to the mirror and stare at my reflection, searching for every imperfection, and tell myself I look fat. This is NOT a healthy coping mechanism at all. When we focus on any part of the body for a long time, our vision becomes distorted. We can start seeing and believing things that aren't there just by telling ourselves they are, and our body image becomes worse.

I also find it easy to step on the scale just to "see where I'm at." This is NOT a healthy way to cope with negative emotions, either. First of all, weight is just a number that by no means defines your self worth. It's true that there is a healthy weight range depending on body type and height, but staying at a set number should not be a priority. The truth is, our weight fluctuates and, when we experience bloating, our weight will fluctuate upwards. Sometimes a number that is higher than we want or expect it to be can really mess with our minds and make all of the emotions worse.

Whenever you are having a moment of bad body image or you just "feel fat," please avoid the mirror and scale. The last thing we need during times of vulnerability is mental deception. Instead, do something that makes you feel good. Listen to your favorite song, go for a walk, write a poem, take a bubble bath, talk to a friend - do what makes you happy and takes your mind away from the negative thoughts and feelings. I promise that this is a much healthier and more effective coping mechanism than degrading your reflection or searching for a magic number. These feelings will pass - they always do. Sometimes it's quick while other times it takes a few days. However long it is that your feel "stuck," though, don't let yourself get down. Keep your chin up, keep striving toward happiness, and know that you so much more than just a reflection or number.

Think about what your body can do rather than what it looks like. You have a heart that beats, lungs that breath, skin that protects you and keeps you warm, legs that run, hands that hold things, eyes that see, a nose that smells, a mouth that tastes and smiles! Your body loves you and works hard to keep you alive every single day, so love it back! Don't let negative thoughts and feelings interfere with that.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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It's 2019, Can We Stop Talking About Women's Bodies

With all of our problems in the world, why do we still body shame women.

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I'm sure you've heard everything! I'm sure you've heard the screams of women over analyzing the media for shaming our bodies. While there is shaming in the media, our bodies shouldn't be the focus of our world now. Our society is going through some major problems that our beauty and vanity shouldn't be the forefront of everything we see. Women have been expected to look a certain way since the dawn of our conception. I feel like our health, life and political standing are more important than the color that should be on the lips and cheeks of our face. I'd rather be able to go to the doctor without fear of not being heard then learn how to contour my face into oblivion.

Growing up, I had both skinny and plus-sized girlfriends. Did I have that toxic mindset that they were better than me because they were either skinnier than I or had better breast and butt sizes, yes I did and I hate myself for it. I was the troll back in the Myspace days telling skinny girls to eat a cheeseburger and the plus sized girls that they need to eat more salad. Looking back, I was a terrible human to my own gender. I was that normal sized girl (by today's standards) with some fat to keep me warm in the winter (nonexistent in FLORIDA). I also had my friends that would troll other girls because of their own insecurities and jealousy. That is not how we should treat other girls.

The fact that we have more rights and positions then we've had over the past 100 years and we still feel the need to judge ourselves and others still makes us primitive. Throughout history, women have been regarded as either property or as goddesses. Us being goddesses needs to make a comeback. I'm so thankful that we are considering ourselves goddesses because that will inspire girls to do whatever they want. Nowadays girls are learning traditionally male careers at an early age and that's a great step towards equality.

Women shouldn't be known for their bodies and should be known for our accomplishments. Body shaming is archaic and has no position in today's society. Just because a woman wears a size 00 or 22, it doesn't limit our capabilities. A woman wearing a 00 can accomplish learning computer code as same as a woman wearing a size 18. Women's sizing also isn't regulated because a size 12 can be the same as a size 14 in different brands.

If we are going to be continued to be known for our bodies, it looks like we need to stand up for our health. To be able to have a safe abortion, a judge-free hysterectomy or mastectomy would do our world a lot of good. I would rather have a woman get the right healthcare SAFELY then hear about another woman dying because of medical malpractice due to an under the table procedure. Our bodies have every right to have a necessary or wanted procedure to help us feel healthy in both body and mind. For those who continue to judge...It's none of your business.
So ladies...
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you are capable, creative, intelligent, beautiful and WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE!

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