Here’s the deal; it’s hard to practice self-love in today’s culture.
Talk with a group of women, and you’ll likely hear each person mention something negative about herself during the conversation.
Society drills into our psyche that we’re too fat, too thin, too curvy, stick straight, too strong, too weak, too loud, too quiet.
We’re told we’re too much and not enough all at once.
We learn the “societal rules” that all women must follow.
We’re told we must adhere to impossible standards and “fit the mold” in order to be accepted.
Add in the barrage of perfectly curated highlight reels on social media, and it’s no wonder that we struggle with personal acceptance, self-love, and body positivity.
But before we talk about how to remedy this situation, I think we better define self-love and body positivity first.
So, what is self-love, anyway?
According to Jessica Kane, Creative Director of plus size fashion retailer Society+, “Body positivity is loving yourself and your body unconditionally. Looking at your perfectly unique body and realizing it’s a temple that deserves to be loved. It’s a radical acceptance of self and others in a world where we are trained to embrace a cycle of body hate.”
Adding further to this idea, psychologist Renee Engeln, Ph.D. suggests, “In its essence, what this ‘positivity’ is really about is loving and being kind to your body…listening to what it needs and giving it that.”
In short, self-love is tuning into your body, providing what it needs, and celebrating everything it does for you. Your body is incredible, my friend, so give it the love it deserves.
In order to help you do just that, I created a 31-day self-love journal filled with prompts to help you recognize how amazing you are.
I’ve designed these questions to help you reflect on how you think about your body and encourage you to practice compassion for yourself.
It’s time to start living life according to your standards. It’s time to celebrate you.
So, grab your favorite pen, something refreshing to drink, and find a quiet place where you can reflect on these prompts.
Remember, there are no right or wrong answers; simply write down what comes to mind and how it makes you feel. Get those swirling thoughts down on paper and start seeing the positive shifts unfold in front of your eyes.
You got this, lady.