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Body Positivity Part 1

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

Column: Tipful Tuesday

Girls, this one's for you but don’t worry boys, yours is coming soon.

Imagine this. You’ve been in quarantine for a few months now, adjusting to what seems to be your “new life.” This whole time you haven’t really been exercising or eating right because you have no motivation to do so. You gain 5 pounds and think nothing of it at first but then 5 pounds turns to 10 pounds, 10 pounds turns to 15 pounds, and eventually, you’ve gained a mere 30 pounds! You don’t know what to do with yourself, and you’re upset because of how much weight you’ve gained but still have no motivation to eat healthily and don’t really like to work out. Your confidence is at an all-time low, and you don’t know what to do anymore.

Let’s face it, a lot of people have felt like this during these trying times, including me. I know it’s hard to still love your body when it doesn’t look how it did before, but you just have to work with what you’ve got. As long as you’re healthy you shouldn’t be worrying about the way you look. Social media has made up these standards of what beautiful women are “supposed to look like” when in reality, not everyone can look like an Instagram model or IG Baddie. No matter what shape or size you are, your body is beautiful, and if anyone says otherwise, they’re just reflecting their self hate onto you.

There’s no such thing as a perfect body. Every body type is beautiful, so the next time you look in the mirror, appreciate those curves or that so-called “flat butt” of yours because you look amazing. I know just giving speeches won’t help some people, including myself, so if you’re one of those people here are some tips for you.

  • Try to get into a daily routine and incorporate at least one form of exercise into your daily routine.

  • You can also start by just eating a little healthier. Instead of picking up a bag of chips, pick up some fruit or even a granola bar. Start to replace your bad eating habits with good ones.

  • You could even try to get up every morning and start complimenting yourself and your body (even if you think you look like crap, it will still help).

I know it’s a process, but over time you’ll get that confidence and start to appreciate yourself. Just take baby steps at first, and you’ll be good, and remember, YOUR BODY IS PERFECT THE WAY IT IS.


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