If you haven’t heard the news or you’re new around here, believe us when we say that there are real benefits to hanging out in your birthday suit.
You might write off the clothing-optional lifestyle as “not for you” or tell yourself that you could never possibly feel comfortable in your own skin now, but hopefully, this article makes you think again. Any skill can be learned with practice, including self-love and compassion. And being naked, whether in the comfort of your own home or another safe space, can do wonders for your self-confidence, health, and even your outlook on life.
Now, before we dive into the deets about how to feel more comfortable naked, know that this isn’t a push to go nude if you really don’t want to. For many people, the thought of being naked is terrifying, and if that’s you, all we hope to uncover for you in this post is a few tips and strategies that’ll help you create a more positive or even neutral relationship with your bare form.
So without much further ado, here are a few strategies that are a great place to start for anyone who hopes to feel better naked, or dare we say, good:
1. Focus less on your looks and more on your feelings.
If you suspect what makes you the most anxious about being naked is the concern of how your body looks, try shifting your focus elsewhere and onto something more productive, like how your body feels, not looks.
Paying attention to how your body feels on any given day, noticing the sensations on your skin, or even imagining how it would feel to be 100% comfortable in the nude are all a few ways to tune into what’s on the inside. The key here is to create a mind-body connection, so try centering your senses in your daily routine.
2. Get naked more often.
This might sound counterproductive, but getting naked regularly is one way to address what might be holding you back from being nude more often and gain confidence in being in your own skin.
You don’t have to rush into this and sign up for your local nudist meetup. But what you can do is start small by spending just fifteen minutes before your shower undressed, an hour before bed, or whatever works for you. The more you do it, the more it’ll get easier as you get to know your body.
3. Curate a social media feed that reflects the diversity of human bodies.
Help yourself get used to seeing your body naked by detoxing your social media feeds of unrealistic body types, standards, and anything that makes you feel bad about yourself.
Search for accounts that celebrate diverse body types, and be on the lookout for like-minded people or communities of people, like Perzik, that believe in embracing the whole self.
The road to self-love and feeling good while naked might be challenging, and it might take a few twists and turns. But remind yourself to start small and then grow from there.
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.