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How can I start loving my body?

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Last Updated: 04/16/2018 at 10:58am
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Anonymous
December 10th, 2014 11:22am
'Your body is your temple' … and it is truly magnificent. You can think about your ancestry, all that contributes to the person you see in the mirror. The texture of your hair, the lengths of your fingers and toes, the colors of your skin. These are all amazing products of hundreds of thousands, no, millions of years of evolution that have resulted — culminated — in you. Not only your appearance, but all you are able to do. What actions do you take that you appreciate? When do you feel good and strong? How do you enjoy your senses? It all comes back to your body, your temple. Your body is for *you* to love, and anyone you decide deserves access. No one's temple is appreciated by all; there's no one preference. I know that it's hard not to compare regardless, but your opportunity is to be the best *you* you can be for yourself, for your life, for your loves, and you are uniquely amazing. I hope you love and celebrate yourself, care for and decorate your temple exactly as you please, treasure and enjoy it.
EmpatheticEar
December 10th, 2014 8:24pm
Start appreciating all that your body can do and using it for what it's made for. Dance, run, walk, stretch, play, etc. Realize all that your body does for you and all the sensory experiences it provides. Your body's main purpose isn't to look good, it is to move, survive, and function. Appreciate what it can do.
vgomez
December 10th, 2014 5:46am
Acceptance. Acceptance is the key to accepting who you are and what you look like. One way I've started to love my body, is every morning go up to the mirror and say something you like about your appearance that day. Somehow this gives you confidence to go through the day, and since you are saying this to yourself, then it is more believable. If you continue this cycle everyday, then you slowly increase your confidence, but most importantly accept who you are.
TheRealMadison
October 31st, 2016 11:24am
literally, from past experiene, stand in front of the mirror every morning, before you have the chance to do anything, and tell yourself things you like about yourself. point out ten things. soon, youll be able to do it faster because youll notice more and more things you like about yourself.
Anonymous
December 12th, 2014 5:23pm
Look in the mirror every day and start telling yourself positive things. "I like your hair." "You have a nice smile." "Did you lose weight?" "You look awesome." Even if you don't believe yourself, keep doing it. Learn to accept that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Everyone is. Don't hate yourself. You only have one you.
positiveWhisper24
March 22nd, 2015 12:28pm
"Don't ask the mirror who is the fairest one of all, TELL the mirror, 'I am the fairest one of all.'" Positive body image is a mind set. You really just have to believe. Also, recommended to check out Beauty Redefined at this website: http://www.beautyredefined.net/
AmyLynn93
November 10th, 2015 6:09am
You have to remember a few key things. 1) You are your biggest critic. Truly. Nobody in the world can find as many things wrong with us as we find with ourselves. 2) There is always some physical attribute(s) you have that someone else wants. 3) Most of us are so wrapped up in our own insecurities, we aren't really paying attention to the flaws of others. You may feel scrutinized, as if you're under a microscope, but you aren't. It's an illusion. 4) Remind yourself of all the things you would never want to trade/lose. Remember that THOSE are things we all see.
minnie03x
July 24th, 2017 2:27pm
Your body gets you through so many things in life, no matter what it looks like it carries you through everything. And do you really focus on someone's body, or the way they act, talk. THAT is what really matters.
Anonymous
December 10th, 2014 11:09am
By taking care of it! Fitness, eating right, spending some time on making yourself look great, wearing things you like! All these things will help you to love your body!
RFeatherston666
December 22nd, 2014 6:11am
I think that you can personally start loving your body by not caring what others think of it. You're the one who has to live with it, and if others don't "approve" then they won't approve of anything in your life.
amandagrace10
January 2nd, 2015 4:54am
Try and catch yourself when you are thinking negatively and learn to accept compliments. fake it til you make it, if you act like you have positive self esteem you will start to believe it
veritea
April 11th, 2015 8:42am
Embrace the fact that you have two lovely working legs and a body that functions properly. Learn to love your dimples, freckles, moles, marks, scars and stretch marks because everyone has them whether they're visible or not!
Anonymous
February 9th, 2016 3:01pm
Appreciate your flaws and pay attention to the good parts :) Don't judge yourself too harshly, accept your body. Treat it well. It is your temple. Love it for all that it allows you to do... live, laugh, run, jump, skip.. it has stayed faithful to you all this while. Recognize that and appreciate it. Don't judge it based on how it looks. That wouldn't be too fair, would it?
Iauren
April 19th, 2016 3:02pm
Pick out your flaws and turn them into things that make you unique and learn to love yourself from being different
Anonymous
April 29th, 2016 12:20am
To start loving your body, You have to accept your body, You have to believe that you are beautiful inside and out, That you matter and that you can do great things in life and that you have potential.
Anonymous
November 20th, 2017 2:21pm
Before you can love your body or be happy with your body you need to understand.. 1)Who you are? 2)To be able to love your personality. 3)To be confident in your self. 4)Understand what you want from life and direction you wish to head in or do in life. Do these 4 steps slowly and begin to love who you are and how you look... you in control make small changes how you dress or clothes you wear take pride in your self and be motivated in your self and have a even balance of Positive and negative answer about your self. Remember everyone hate how they look and their body but love your self an d be confident and any thing is possible Everyone goes through this stages and every has someting they like or love about their body and something they dislike or hate about their body. Positive outlook with small changes and a smile :)
Anonymous
January 15th, 2018 8:25am
Find one thing that you appreciate about your body. Something unique that no one else has. Maybe it's blue eyes, long legs or dimples. For me personally I always loved the curve in my feet & elegant hands. Start small and take baby steps.
Anonymous
April 16th, 2018 10:58am
You can start loving your body by realizing that nobody, nobody, is perfect, and there is only one you in the whole world.