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How to Develop a Positive Body Image

One of the things I’ve struggled with most of my life is body image.

It took me years before I felt comfortable in my own skin.

Because of this, body image is a topic that’s close to my heart.

Let’s face it: we’re bombarded with so many mixed messages about how we should look.

But here’s the thing—your body is amazing, just as it is.

Developing a positive body image is so important for women and even men.

We all need to learn to embrace the unique, extraordinary people that we are.

Here are some ways we can do that.

Be Kind to Yourself

First up is self-compassion. I talk about this often because it’s really foundational to everything else we do.

We’re often our own worst critics, right?

Let’s change that.

Treat yourself like you would a good friend.

Next time you catch yourself thinking something negative about your body, pause.

Replace that thought with something kind.

Your body does so much for you—it deserves some love and respect!

Ditch Unrealistic Standards

We all know those images we see in the media are not real life.

They’re edited, filtered, and sometimes completely fake.

Start recognizing these for what they are—fantasies.

Follow accounts and subscribe to media that celebrate real bodies in all their diverse glory.

You’ll find it refreshing and liberating to see beauty in all forms.

Appreciate What Your Body Can Do

Start shifting your focus from how your body looks to what it can do.

Your legs? They get you places.

Your hands? They create and connect.

Your arms? They hug your children.

Every day, write down a few things you’re grateful for about your body.

It’s a game-changer.

Suddenly, you’ll start appreciating your body for its strength and resilience.

Dress for Joy

Clothes can do wonders for how you feel.

Wear what makes you happy and comfortable, not just what’s trendy.

When you feel good in what you’re wearing, it shows.

Confidence looks good on everyone.

And it starts with feeling great in your own skin.

Move for Fun

Exercise shouldn’t be a chore.

Find activities that make you happy.

Whether it’s dancing in your living room, hiking in the mountains, or swimming in the ocean.

Just do what makes your heart sing.

Joyful movement is about celebrating your body’s capabilities, not punishing it.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

We all have our people—and those people matter.

Surround yourself with people who lift you up, not those who bring you down.

It’s amazing how much a positive, supportive circle can influence your self-image.

Distance yourself from negative people and watch your confidence soar.

Be Mindful

Mindfulness is your friend.

Pay attention to how you feel about your body without judging yourself.

Notice your thoughts and feelings, but don’t let them control you.

This practice helps you connect with your body on a deeper level.

And it helps to foster acceptance for yourself.

Set Realistic Goals

If you have health or fitness goals, make sure they’re realistic.

Don’t aim for the impossible.

Focus on what makes you feel good and healthy.

Celebrate every small victory along the way.

Progress is about feeling better, not necessarily looking different.

Talk Nicely to Yourself

Your inner voice matters.

What you say to and about yourself will determine what you see and feel about yourself.

Practice positive self-talk.

When you catch yourself thinking negatively, flip the script.

Instead of saying, “I hate my thighs,” say, “My thighs are strong and powerful.”

This shift in language can make a big difference over time.

It may sound silly, but the words you say really do matter.

If you want to love yourself, start using positive words to express kindness for yourself.

Get Help if You Need It

Sometimes, we need a little extra support, and that’s totally okay.

If you’re struggling with body image issues, consider talking to a therapist or counselor.

They can offer personalized strategies to help you break free from negative thoughts.

There’s no shame in getting the help you need to overcome a lifetime of negative thinking.

We all need help—be grateful for it.

Developing a Positive Body Image Is a Journey

It’s not always easy to love ourselves, especially when our bodies have given birth to children, or lived a few decades, or both.

But learning to feel comfortable in your own skin is so worth it.

By embracing your unique beauty, practicing gratitude, surrounding yourself with positive people, and seeking support when needed, you can build a healthier relationship with your body.

Remember, you are amazing just the way you are.

Celebrate your body for all that it is, and let your true self shine through.

After all, there is no one else in the world just like you.

You are the extraordinary, unordinary you.

Meet Simone Knego

Simone Knego is an international speaker, award-winning author and two-time TEDx Speaker. Her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, and CBS and in Entrepreneur Magazine and Yahoo News. Her literary contributions have been honored by the National Indie Excellence Award and the NYC Big Book Award. Simone has not only summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, but she is also the heart of a bustling household with six children, three dogs, and one husband of 31 years. As the creator of the REAL Method, Simone continues to inspire and impact teams, fostering growth, and promoting self-discovery. 

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