STOP Hating Your Body! START Loving Yourself!

Love Yourself

 STOP hating your body! START loving yourself!

Keeping a healthy body image can be a challenge.
Body image is how you view your body. It is how you believe your body looks no matter what it actually looks like.

There is always a television show or magazine telling you how you should look. They are ready to give you tips and instructions on how to have the perfect hair and makeup or the perfect body. They try to make you feel as if you need to do this to look “right,” or to be accepted. Everywhere you turn there are flawless (photoshopped) pictures of celebrities trying to reinforce that if you’re not perfect, you’re wrong. Even your family and peers can say things that make you question the way you look and feel about yourself.

You are worth loving.

When you’re a teen your body and emotions go through a lot of changes, changes you might not have control over. There are some you may like, some that may just be an annoyance, and some you may absolutely hate. Maybe you’re three inches shorter than your friends because you haven’t had your growth spurt yet. Maybe you have “blossomed” over the summer, but your friends haven’t. Maybe you have been working out, but all your friends have bigger muscles. Maybe you’re just right, but you don’t see it that way so you have an unhealthy body image.

You are worth loving.

I “blossomed” way earlier than the rest of my friends. While they were still wearing training bras, I was trying to figure out how to actually contain mine. My friends were all jealous and the boys loved it, but I hated it. I hated those two big balloons that were suddenly there. I had always thought I looked fine until they came, then my body image got all screwed up. I started thinking I was fat just because they puffed out my shirt more. Then I realized my self-talk was to blame. I got a better attitude, figured out which shirts looked best on me, and felt better about myself. They just become a part of who I was. They weren’t a negative thing, just a piece of me.

You are worth loving.

How you look at yourself and how you talk to yourself, (your self-talk) determines how you feel about yourself. It creates your body image. Sometimes our self-talk distorts things and it may not have anything to do with your actual appearance. Your self-talk can have you thinking you’re bigger or smaller than you actually are, that your skin color is not right, or that your nose is too crooked.

No matter what body shape you are
No matter what color eyes or hair you have
No matter what your skin color is
No matter how tall or short you are
No matter if you’re the first out of your training bra

You are worth loving. You deserve to love yourself. You are worth protecting.

Every part of you is worth caring for. Once you understand that, you are on your way to a healthy body image.

It can be challenging to look in the mirror and not see flaws. Especially when everywhere you turn someone or something might be saying you should be different from what you are. It’s not easy to maintain a good body image, but it’s important to have confidence and to treat your body with respect. Having good self-talk is an important first step to having a healthy body image.

– NBL V –

3 comments

  • Pingback: My Top 10 Tips for Better Body Image | One Bridge of Hope

  • Hey! I found your blog as a struggling teenager and love your writing style! I will definitely be following along for more 🙂
    I recently started my own blog so if you could check that out and maybe share it and offer any tips on blogging that would be so appreciated.
    Hope you’re well, Amy xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Amy! Thank you so much! Make sure you go over to our current site
      http://thehopegirls.com/ and subscribe to get all our latest posts!
      We have been checking out your blog and think what your doing is great! Our tips would be to keep writing about the things that our important to you and to comment and get involved with other writers like yourself. There is an awesome community of supportive bloggers on here that could relate to what you are going through! Keep it up and we can’t wait to see more.

      Liked by 1 person

Your voice should be heard! Go ahead and comment, we're listening!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s