Struggling With Body Image

Stop criticizing yourself for the body image that you see in the mirror. You are beautiful and it’s time to learn to love your body.

It breaks my heart to hear the pain of young girls as they stand in the mirror. People have pretended that it’s not okay to love your body if you are larger or skinnier than “acceptable.”

But let me tell you something, the standard for what body type is “acceptable” will change a hundred more times in your lifetime. And while that is not okay, it’s the current reality. The pressure will always be present – it will be up to you to fight it.

You deserve to love your body now. You are a unique person. Beautiful in your own way. Worthy, smart, kind, funny, caring, capable, lovely, charming, strong…just as you are. And these things are the most important things about yourself. Not the shape of your body, not your cellulite, not your pimples. Your physical appearance is the least interesting thing about you. No one will remember you because you’re “too skinny”, “too fat”, or because you have “stretch marks”. They will remember you because of your laugh, your charisma, your intelligence, your sense of humor, and your kindness. No one cares. Your insecurities are only in your head. These things are completely normal! We all have pimples, stretch marks, cellulite, and weight fluctuation at any time in our lives. And that’s okay. We just have to accept our body just the way it is.

Did you ever realize how much your body loves you? I mean, it’s always trying to keep you alive. That’s all your body has to live for. Your body is making sure you breathe while you sleep, fixing broken bones, and finding ways to beat the illnesses that might get you. Your body literally loves you so much. It’s time you start loving your body back.

It’s time you stop believing these ridiculous ideas that the number on the scale, somehow, measures your worth. Your weight doesn’t change your beauty one way or the other. That number on the scale is completely irrelevant to your worth as a person. It’s time to stop treating it as if it’s the most important measure of who you are. Actually, your worth is not dictated by a number on a scale or a clothing size, a certain number of followers, or a tiny heart on a social media app.

Hating your body doesn’t change your body. It only adds to your suffering. You changing your body isn’t going to heal your body image issues because body image has nothing to do with your body. Body image is an external representation of an internal struggle. You have to heal the inside. And if you want to go to the gym to start feeling good about yourself, do it! But work out because you love your body, not because you hate it. We waste so much time, energy, and sadness thinking negatively about ourselves, and at the end of the day, it gets us nowhere.

Give your body permission to change. Your body can experience weight fluctuations between hours, days, months, years, etc. Did you know that the average adult’s weight can fluctuate even more than 5 lbs per day? Some days we may retain water, some days we may bloat and some days we may just eat more and that causes our tummies to be more full. It’s human.

Start appreciating your body more. For everything he does for you. Make a list in your journal of reasons you appreciate your body. And then, do the same for a list of characteristics that make you YOU.

You are SO much more than your body. Take a second, right now, and think of all of the things that make you YOU. Are you kind? Smart? Strong? Creative? Compassionate? None of those are impacted by your weight, your scars, your pimples, or whatever you’re insecure about.

Apologize to your body. Maybe that’s where the healing begins.

This is your body. Your only body. Give it love, respect, and gratitude. ❤

9 Replies to “Struggling With Body Image”

  1. Thank you so much
    I needed this

  2. Milena♡•° says: Reply

    Tysm much this was very much needed currently in eating disorder recovery and it has been hard.
    Lov u <3

  3. Beautiful♥️

  4. Thanks.. there’s a smile on my face now❤️

  5. Muchas gracias, a veces necesitamos que nos abran los ojos de una manera que entendamos, que en verdad nos haga reflexionar.❤️‍🩹

  6. Thank you so much, Katie! This is what I need rightnow, your post make me realize that I have amazing body, and start accepting it

  7. These words are what I needed to hear for me to start improving my body, not because I hate it but because I LOVE IT. In this way I will not be exhausted doing it. Thank you so much.

  8. We need only this type of people in our society cause they give strength to Others also. 🌼👍

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