How to Stay Body Positive

I was watching a YouTube video the other day, and in the video the YouTuber stated her weight. I looked through the comments and found many young girls saying things such as: “I’m only 14 and I weigh more than her” and asking if that was okay or if they were too big.

I replied to as many comments as I could, telling the girls that it isn’t healthy to compare yourself to others because every body is unique, and as long as you are healthy and happy it doesn’t matter what you weigh. But I know this message is easy to say and not quite as easy to believe.

I have definitely had my fair share of anxiety about the way my body looks, but I do feel I have learned some helpful tricks over the years to remain more body positive. Hopefully some of these tips will help those of you who might be struggling.

Stop comparing yourself to others

As I told the young girls commenting on the YouTube video, it does no good to judge yourself based on the standard others have set. Not only does it inevitably lead to negative thoughts, but it is not productive or logical. Every single person on this planet has a different body, and no matter how hard you try, yours will never look exactly like someone else’s, and you will be left feeling disappointed if you constantly covet another’s body type.

Do things that make you feel strong, healthy and confident

The healthier alternative to comparing yourself to others is to focus on your own mind and body, and do things that make you feel good. For me this includes taking a yoga class every week, going on walks at least three times a week, hiking in the greenbelt at least once a month, and going shopping or dressing up every once in a while to feel more confident.

Be nice to yourself

Next time you catch yourself criticizing your appearance, turn your thoughts to what you love about yourself instead. Whenever I look at myself in the mirror, I try to think of something positive instead of immediately jumping to something negative. You can even pretend you’re complimenting someone else instead of yourself, if that helps! It’s much easier for us to find the beauty in others, for whatever reason.

Keep track of the compliments you receive from others

Speaking of complimenting others, another good trick is to take note of the compliments you receive, and be sure to repeat them to yourself when you’re feeling down. Whether it’s that you have nice nails (something one of my coworkers always tells me), or maybe even just that someone liked your outfit one day. Reminding ourselves of how others see us is very helpful when trying to stay body positive!.

I hope this helped you, or just added a little positivity to your Sunday night! Try these tips out this week and see how it changes the way you feel for the rest of the week. Also, if you’re looking for some general positivity tricks, check out my How To Stay Positive post.

10 thoughts on “How to Stay Body Positive

  1. Love this shells!! We are absolutely our own biggest critics. It’s so important to communicate this to young girls (and boys!)–that they are wonderfully made, just the way they are!

  2. I love this post, body positivity is so so important. I have really struggled over the years with coming to terms with my body, and fighting it tooth and nail. You are right, the thing that helped me become ok with, and even proud of my body was finding a physical activity that made me feel awesome! I started rock climbing, and weight lifting, and now when I see lanky awkward limbs, I see more reach for the next hold, and when I see really broad shoulders, I see muscle that I worked so hard to put there.

    Seriously great post girl!


    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Mackenzie! That’s so awesome that you’ve come to be proud of your body. You definitely should be! I can totally relate too, doing yoga makes me feel so strong and powerful. It’s amazing that our bodies can do things like yoga and rock climbing, and we should feel proud and happy we have healthy bodies! 🙂

  3. Wow! So happy I ran across this! I think it’s a great message that every woman needs to hear at any age. Even at 25, I can be super hard on myself and still compare myself to others even though I know I should. I wish I had more confidence growing up and it’s sad to know that all these teenage girls don’t feel good enough just because of a number on the scale.

    Thanks for this post! I needed it today!
    – Angela ||

    1. Thank you Angela! I’m so glad you took something away from this. I’m almost 24, and I definitely still compare myself to others as well. It’s a work in progress to be body positive for sure! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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