In body positivity, we trust.
Serena Williams once said, “I love my body, and I would never change anything about it. I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me.” You have a point, Serena. The society has time and again enforced unrealistic expectations that women have been conditioned to strive to meet, with regard to their physical appearance. To be considered attractive, the average woman has to look a certain way- Her complexion must be perfect and her physique nothing short of what the societal definition of flawless entails. She has little choice but to constantly conform to makeup and outfit trends.
If you are struggling to achieve a sense of self and to feel at home with your body, you are not alone. What we all collectively need is a transformed outlook towards beauty, some faith, and a whole lot of body positivity. All that body positivity stands for varies from person to person, but one underlying sentiment remains, which is that of unconditional acceptance. To be at peace with yourself and to have no qualms with how you look is the attitude of forgiveness that is majorly needed among adults. Whether you want to lose weight or not, wear heels or flats, keep your hair long or short is, and will always be, your choice.
Embark on a journey of self-love and discovery by chanting these mantras when you feel blue:
1. Remember, you are more than a number on a weighing scale. You are you, and that is enough.
2. Comparing yourself to someone’s airbrushed social media post is a bad idea.
3. Be proud of you far you’ve come and believed in how far you have to go.
4. To try to look precisely identical to what they say is like going to the beach and trying to clutch onto a perfect grain of sand- there is no perfect grain of sand, and therein lies the beauty of the beach.
5. Go get ‘em by being your own kind of perfectly imperfect.
6. There is “art” in “heart”, and you, my friend, are a masterpiece.
7. Your body cannot contain your potential.
8. You will become unstoppable the day you are enough for yourself.
9. The key to unlocking happiness is self-love.
10. Start by making yourself happy, everything and everyone else will follow.
Being comfortable with your outer appearance will go a long way in bringing home some much needed inner contentment. This is easier said than done, which is why it is best to take baby steps. Start by trying to find your personal sense of style. Experiment with your makeup routine to express yourself. Care for your body, not because you want to assure others around you of your worth, but because you deserve it. Try manifesting yourself instead of moulding yourself to fit an unknown, merciless entity’s expectations and trust with all your might that one day, your body will feel like the temple it already is.
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