Points By: Devon Kroesché, MS RDN LDN
Chilly evening air, the sunset, and crispy leaves signal that fall is just around the corner. It’s an exciting time to slow down and create lasting memories. However, the pressure to attain an idealized body image can sometimes overshadow these moments. This fall, let’s commit to prioritizing our well-being and nurturing a positive body image through every season. Here are some of our best tips to assist you in doing just that!
Dress for Comfort, Not Conformity
As seasons change, the pressure to conform to certain fashion trends can intensify. However, remember that your comfort and confidence should be your priority. Opt for clothes that fit well and make you feel good. Say goodbye to the days of constantly adjusting ill-fitting clothing or outfits that make you feel self-conscious. Choose pieces that highlight your favorite features and allow you to enjoy activities without distraction.
Limit Mirror Time
Mirrors can be both friend and foe when it comes to body image. While they can be helpful for a quick outfit check, spending too much time scrutinizing yourself can lead to self-criticism. Instead of getting dressed in front of a mirror, opt for a quick glance and then shift your focus elsewhere. Remember, the goal is to feel confident and at ease in your own skin, rather than hyperfixating on perceived flaws.
Shift the Conversation
Group gatherings often lead to discussions about bodies, diets, and weight loss goals. It’s crucial to redirect these conversations toward more positive and enriching topics. When someone starts talking about wanting to change their body size, pivot the discussion by asking about their plans, upcoming adventures, or hobbies they’re excited about. By steering the conversation away from body-centered topics, you’ll create an environment that values experiences over appearance.
Embrace Body Diversity
Every body is unique, and that’s what makes us all special. It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others, especially in the era of social media. However, remember that your body is your own, and its worth isn’t determined by its similarity to someone else’s. Celebrate the beauty of diversity by appreciating the variety of shapes and sizes that exist.
Celebrate Your Body’s Abilities
Your body is an incredible instrument capable of so much more than just looking a certain way. Shift your focus from appearance to functionality by acknowledging what your body can do. Instead of fixating on how your body looks while you jog, concentrate on the fact that your body enables you to engage in an activity you enjoy. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, dancing, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk, embrace the gratitude for your body’s abilities.
Let’s prioritize self-love and body positivity. Embrace each season by choosing comfortable clothing, limiting mirror time, shifting conversations, embracing body diversity, and celebrating your body’s abilities. Remember, your body is your companion on your adventures, so treat it with kindness, appreciation, and the care it deserves.
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