Self-love. Self-care. Body positivity. Chances are you’ve heard these terms in the mainstream media. This movement is really an important one for every person on this planet. Day in and day out we are inundated with the “ideal” body type. She is the Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin’s of the world. The Instagram influencers who seemingly look flawless 24/7. Yes, don’t get us wrong, those women are beautiful; they’re models after all! But that’s just it- they are models. They have teams helping them achieve “perfection.” So where does that leave everyone else?
The answer might be body positivity. No, this movement is not strictly for plus-size women. It is truly meant for everyone. The message here is to embrace all body types. Thin, heavy, able-bodied, any and all gender- embrace, accept, love. That is the message here. And honestly, it’s freeing. To be able to look in the mirror and smile at yourself is beautiful. But it isn’t easy. That is why surrounding yourself with other body positive thinkers is important. Find your tribe, you’ll be better off.
Though we are programmed to comply with standards of beauty that we see on social media, the body positive movement is here to tell you that you are beautiful. Recognize there is a cultural conditioning happening here and we need to resist the temptation to shrug in indifference and feel shame. It is time to look beyond Instagram influencers and Hollywood- be there for yourself and others. Your life will be fuller for it.