No one said learning to love your body would happen overnight. It takes time, effort, and a whole lot of patience. And what’s better than trying to speed up your journey to embrace self-love is giving your permission to take things slow.
It’s challenging and maybe even unrealistic to go suddenly from “I’m dissatisfied with my body” to “I love my body” just like that. So the secret to self-love is simply starting with small steps you can take each day to inspire compassion towards yourself.
There are countless tiny ways to show your body some good loving that don’t require you to put a lot of pressure on yourself, so let’s jump into this list of 8 small things you can do for yourself starting today!
1. Elevate your shower or bath routine.
Think of your shower time as your moments of caring solitude with your body. Treat yourself extra special by using bath salts, exfoliants, or pampering body butters to leave your body feeling soft and loved on.
2. Move your body.
Ever had a solo dance party in your room that leaves you feeling pumped up and rejuvenated from moving your body as you please? Well, trust us. It feels good, so try it on days when you need a serious pick-me-up.
3. Walk with your head held high.
You know what they say, “Fake it till you make it.” So even if you don’t feel the most confidence in your body, holding your head high when you walk can inspire feelings of confidence so real, you might just start to believe it.
4. Eat for enjoyment.
Is it really healthy eating if you hate everything you eat? It’s not easy to let go of food rules, but give yourself permission to at least eat foods that you actually enjoy!
5. Stop criticizing others’ bodies.
You deserve self-love just as much as the next person. So show yourself grace by extending that same compassion to others every day. Each time you do, you send yourself a message that says, “My worth isn’t based on my body, either.”
What else makes your body feel all kinds of pleasure, like your favorite toy (or fingers!)? Masturbation is an excellent way to get in tune with your body and figure out what makes you feel good.
7. Wear clothes that make you feel good.
Just wear the mini skirt. Wear whatever it is that makes you feel good in your own skin because your opinion is the only one that truly matters.
8. Visualize your body as the vehicle to your dreams.
Your body is a vessel that helps you accomplish the things you want to do. It does not have to define you. Instead, your body is nothing less than the powerful vehicle that enables you to honor the desires of your soul or true essence.
So, it deserves some love and respect for all its hard work, don’t you think?
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.