These days you can’t open any channel on TV or browse through a magazine without getting hit with numerous ways through which you can change your body. Women gain a lot of weight and their body changes due to pregnancy. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get in shape after pregnancy, but it should only be done if that’s what you want and not want modern beauty standards have bullied you into thinking. Celebrities these days are promoting everything from plastic surgery procedures to appetite suppressants, all so that you can achieve the unrealistic standard of beauty being propagated by them. So if you want to keep treating your body like a temple and not something you can poke and prod into perfection, here are five reasons that will reaffirm your faith in loving your body the way it is.
1. The only approval you need is yours
Why should you care if your mother’s snarky old friends think you have gotten a bit too chubby or that someone in your building thinks you have manly hands. If you stand in front of the mirror and like what you see, then you should not care what others have to say about your body. In the end, it’s your body and you have to live with it. Unless you need to change it for health purposes, any other reason to make changes to your body that you do not approve of, are changes that do not need to be made. Don’t waste your life reacting to the opinions of others and trying to change yourself into being someone that you are not by freezing fat.
2. Standards of beauty are forever changing
If you are changing your body to fit in with the standards of beauty being forced down our throats by multimillion dollar corporations that need a vulnerable audience to peddle their products to, then this is a battle that you are never going to win. Many women have been wearing a waist trainer to achieve an hourglass figure. One year it’s all about natural hair and the other it’s about coloring your hair with every color of the wind. The point is that as time goes on, people keep changing their perceptions of beauty and if you keep running after those standards you will forever be in the race to adapt to those standards before the next one comes along.
3. Your imperfections tell a story
Every scar, every imperfection in your body holds a special meaning in your life. The scar you got on your knee while skiing is there to remind you of all the fun you had in your youth. While your love handles are the result of all the love and care your mother put in your food every day to make sure you were well fed. Your stretch marks may look ugly but they tell the story of the pain you went through for your children. Your body is a unique canvas and holds art about your life. Poking and prodding it to fall into the assembly line of machine produced bodies will do nothing to help your self-esteem or make your life better. Once you start loving and respecting your body the way it is, you will start loving every imperfection for making you the person you are today.
4. Choosing to live your life to the fullest
Do you want to spend the rest of your life worrying about every morsel you put in your body and automatically calculating the exercise you might have to do to burn it off? Or making sure you have the weight loss supplements regularly? While there’s nothing wrong with aspiring to have a healthy body. You must know when to draw the line. If your body is in good shape and you’re in prime health there is no reason for you to skip Thanksgiving dinners or give up on your favorite desserts so you can fit into a smaller size of clothing. Starving yourself of all the things that you like is no way to live life. So you can either spend your life worrying about your body so you can fit into a dress for a few hours or you can start enjoying life and living it to the fullest.
5. Someone is looking up to you
Everyone has someone in their lives that they look towards. Whether it’s for getting inspired by their successes or failure or the way they live their life. Children have impressionable minds that can be influenced by even the tiniest thing. What message do you think you are giving your daughters if every time you get a frown line, you are getting it zapped away or you’re constantly starving yourself to fit into a certain standard of beauty? It is your duty to set a good example for your children and other people around you that are looking up to you. Instead of telling that to change themselves, you should be teaching them to love their bodies the way they are.
One important thing to remember is that body positivity works both ways. You are allowed to love your body the way it is but that also means that you are allowed to make any changes that you want to it if it makes you happy.