Body positivity has become a social movement. The concept encompasses the idea that human beings should focus on qualities they possess rather than those that are absent. The movement has influenced the way we view the physical body, but hasn’t completely changed our perspective on health. Furthermore, staying body positive is a task often easier said than done.
I think what’s being lost in translation between health and positivity is the idea a person should only be proud of their journey if their body matches the healthful choices they are making. The truth is making the dedication to a ‘healthy’ ‘fit’ life does not guarantee supermodel, bodybuilder or otherwise outer physique results that we (sometimes) expect. The choices also don’t look the same for everyone.
One of the greatest attributes that comes along with making choices that are right for us & our body is the changes within the body not always noticed so easily – the chemistry within.
My doctor could tell I was a runner just based on the rhythm of my heartbeat. If that is not mind blowing miraculous evidence of the power we have in caring for ourselves I don’t know what is.
When I first began on my (for lack of a better term) health journey I was so engrossed in the hate I had for my physical appearance it took over a large part of my decision making. I almost didn’t realize how truly sick I felt on the inside because I forgot what it felt like to feel good. That’s what really obstructed my ability to have a body positive perspective.
I think we are (at least I was) under the impression healthy looks a certain way. I can tell you depending on the angle I pose my body, camera or the lighting in the room it will illustrate my appearance in different ways. I could have a flat booty or a full figure, my abdominal muscles sometimes make an appearance or the ripple of cellulite can be seen on my tummy.
It took me years of choices that were better for me to shape my outlook & understand what it meant to love who I was/am. My focus has shifted from worrying about the way I look to just feeling good in my body. I believe there is a direct link between body positivity & the actions we take to nourish our souls.
Setting Goals & Looking Further
But how do we continue lovin’ ourselves even on days when skin breaks out, belly isn’t to the size we would abracadabra into fruition, or we just feel icky.
To me the answer is simple, listen to your body & feed your mind.
Personally, my choice to maintain an active lifestyle is based around mental health. If I go too long without being physically active my mindset becomes negative & I’m actually more prone to grumpiness.
Still, as much as I am an advocate for the link between being active & a positive mind I do not think that it is the sole solution in the process of achieving a body positive outlook. Choices should not only revolve around food & exercise, but include activities that make you feel right as a human.
Our mind & our bodies have an insane connection. Sometimes the right thing for your body is in your mind.
I wrote down a short list of favorite things to nourish my soul. Click the link to get your own customizable version.
Body positivity is self love. While it may be ideal for some to look a certain way in order to feel comfortable & confident in their skin I think it is more critical for us to fuel the passions that lie within us.
I would love to hear what you guys think & I hope you share you ‘soul nourishing list’ with me.
Until next time,