It doesn’t matter who you are—self-love is a lifelong journey that takes many twists and turns, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t struggled with their body image before. We’re all plagued with the same images and messages on our devices and out in media that remind us of everything we need to do to attain the “perfect” body. But at some point, it’s worth it to take a step back and figure out our own recipes for self-love.
If you struggle with being comfortable in your bare skin, believe it or not, one of the fixes for overcoming that discomfort is to face it head-on more often. You can do this gradually, of course, and at your own pace and comfort levels. But once you start, you can open the door to the vast benefits of going nude, like improved self-confidence, better sleep, and even your overall happiness.
So, how do you get started on this road to loving your naked body more? Keep reading, and remember this one thing while you do: having a “perfect” body isn’t required to have a good body image or love the one you’ve got.
Step one: Stop focusing on the aesthetics.
Your body is more than an object to be ogling and awed at, so start thinking more about what your body does for you vs. how it looks on the outside.
Can’t you think of one badass thing your body has done for you today? (Like, I dunno, waking you up this morning?) Consider making mindful exercise a part of your daily routine to boost your self-confidence.
Step two: Create opportunities for more mind-body connections.
So maybe feeling good in the nude is a bit too much for now, but you can still reconnect to your body in other ways. For example, try stretching, going on walks, doing yoga, or anything else that helps you tune in deeply to how your body feels when you move.
Eventually—when you’re ready—you could try taking exercises for a spin while naked and see what feels best to you.
Step three: Define what loving your body means to you.
Regarding your body with respect is the basics when it comes to loving yourself, so make it a point to reflect on what getting comfortable in your own skin looks like to you.
Does that mean feeling at peace with yourself? Or being able to accept your body in any state? Take the time to define what feels good to you. (Are you seeing a theme here?)
Step four: Build better self-love rituals.
You won’t be any closer to loving your naked body more by putting yourself down all the time. So make self-care into a habit by doing kind things for yourself daily.
Whether it’s hanging out with a community of people who uplift you, saying positive affirmations, or posing for yourself in the mirror, the key to loving your nude body more starts from within. And you deserve nothing more than to love yourself for exactly as you are.
Written by Reese Williams.
Reese is a full-time freelance copywriter and a part-time plant mom, cook, and thrift shop regular. When she’s not caring for her plant babies or cooking up a new dish she found on TikTok, you’ll usually find her online at fiverr.