Want to develop a more self-loving mindset? You can start by unveiling the secrets to embracing body positivity.
What's the first thing you think about when you look at yourself in the mirror? Do positive thoughts fill your mind like “I am strong, beautiful, and capable”? Or do you find yourself anxious and frustrated at yourself and how you look? Many women face the same struggle every day, and it has caused them to lose their self-confidence and question their worth.
That’s why, as your life and mindset coach, I, Mary Ricciardi, have dedicated myself to creating helpful learning resources to develop and live a Warrior Strong Forever mindset. I say it’s time to crush those self-doubts and develop a more loving and accepting view of yourself.
Not sure how you can do that? Please scroll down to the discussion below and discover what it takes to embrace body positivity and let go of your self-doubts and negative outlook.
Your Body and Your Mental Health
Body image plays a significant role in living a Warrior Strong Forever mindset. That's because when you constantly feel negative or apprehensive about how you look, your self-esteem suffers. Sometimes it also affects how you relate with others or changes how you perceive your worth.
While body image problems commonly plague younger women, it’s no secret that it can also affect other age groups. For example, some mothers struggle with severe bouts of depression and lack of self-confidence. It also impacts aging women who dread seeing age spots, wrinkles, or fine lines.
You will likely have these episodes where you don’t feel happy or content with what you see in the mirror at one point in your life. Sometimes these negative and self-sabotaging thoughts go away on their own. But for many women, these destructive thoughts linger and alter their mindset altogether.
If you feel the same way, this is definitely the best time to start taking action and unveiling the secrets to embracing body positivity.
How to Develop Body Positivity
Your journey towards self-discovery and self-love always begins with a Personal Promise to yourself. Having something you can commit to, like “I want to feel more content” or “I want to feel happy and fulfilled no matter what shape I am in,” will serve as your guiding light in your journey towards embracing body positivity. It will also motivate you to keep moving forward, regardless of how difficult the process can get.
So I want you to take a minute to think about what you want to promise to yourself. Then, once you have that image in your head, you can follow the tips on developing body positivity below.
Redefine What Healthy Looks Like
Being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be skinny. However, if this has been your gold standard in achieving a “good” body image, you need to redefine your approach ASAP.
Instead of focusing on seeing massive changes in your weight, shift your attention to the benefits that your fitness and lifestyle modifications can bring to you. Think about all the fantastic things you can do, like decreasing your risk for diseases.
Say Yes To More Positivity
Distance yourself from images or thoughts that further antagonize your insecurities, such as photoshopped images or rude social media comments concerning body shapes. You can opt out of online content that prevents you from developing a more positive outlook on your body.
There are many inspiring content out there that you can follow and add to your daily newsfeed on Facebook, Instagram, or other digital platforms. You can also check out personalities that champion body positivity and self-love.
Schedule A “Me” Time
What better way to cultivate body positivity than having a dedicated “me” time each month? It allows you to relax and calm your nerves after busy weeks. It also works miracles in getting rid of negative thoughts and encouraging self-discovery. You can choose from all sorts of ways to pamper yourself, such as:
- Scheduling a spa getaway
- Wandering around your favorite book shop
- Walking around the neighborhood
- Going on a shopping spree
Choose the Right Pieces of Clothing
Your choice of clothes can also affect how you perceive your body image. As a rule of thumb, you pick clothing that works with your body. To give you an idea of how to mix and match things, here are some fabulous tips from Cosmopolitan and Sew Guide:
- Accept your body shape wholeheartedly
- Dress for yourself and find a style that resonates with you
- Always remember that your body size doesn't define you
- Aim to maintain a healthy body and mind
- Have fun and don't feel too pressured about what to wear
- Don't be afraid to experiment (like crop tops, Chucks, mom jeans, etc.)
- Wear what you want and feel comfortable in your skin
Develop a Self-loving Mindset with Living Warrior Strong with Mary Ricciardi
Are you ready to start embracing body positivity and learning how to crush your self-sabotaging mindset? Check out resources from Living Warrior Strong with Mary Ricciardi today and learn everything you need to become the happiest version of yourself.
Make sure to head over to our LinkTree page to find all the links you need to start honing a Warrior Strong Forever mindset. You can also contact me, Mary Ricciardi, at firstname.lastname@example.org.