How To Accept Your Body Even If You Don't Love It

Feeling comfortable in your own skin can be challenging. There are so many outside influences that can make you feel inadequate about how you look. We are all different and that is what makes you beautiful. Start accepting yourself! Not only for what you like about yourself but your flaws as well. Dr. Rachel Goldman, psychologist, says there are always going to be things you don't love about your body. We need to stop focusing so much on our body's appearance and start appreciating what your body does for you every day.

Start having a healthier relationship with your body by respecting what it does for you.

Don't put yourself down. We are our own worst critics and at times there are physical attributes that we don't like. Instead of tearing yourself down by saying "I hate my thighs," try challenging that negative thought with something more positive. "I love my thighs" isn't always realistic so try replacing it with something more neutral.

Try shifting your focus from what your body looks like to what your body is capable of doing. Appreciate how it functions. Instead of hating your thighs for what they look, like think about how they help you walk every day and without them you could not.

Wear clothes that make you not only look good but feel good when wearing them. Toss those jeans that are too tight and make you feel like you are squeezing into them. Same goes for those oversized tees and sweatshirts. Baggy clothes can make you feel dumpy. Goldman suggests you wear clothes that make you feel your best. This way you are not focusing your energy on how uncomfortable you feel in your attire.

To many people dieting is a chore not a choice. Start thinking of dieting and exercise as self-care. When you only do these things to enhance your physical appearance it can make it feel like a punishment. It should be a choice you enjoy because you care for your body and what it can do for you.

Stop commenting about other people's bodies. You should not be talking about the way someone else looks whether it is good or bad. If you can get out of the habit of talking about people's physical appearance, you can create a more healthy view of your own body.

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