Loving your body is necessary to be truly healthy and happy, yet it’s too easy to find fault with your body. There are huge misconceptions about what people think they should look like. This is largely due to the entertainment and modeling industry, where they load on the makeup, get the perfect angle for the picture or video, and use programs to remove and alter any and all things they consider imperfections. Wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks, sun spots, birth marks, laugh lines—everything that shows you’re alive and well seems to be deemed ugly or unacceptable, so it’s fairly common for men and women young and old to have confidence and body images issues.
But it’s never too late to change your outlook and be proud of yourself. Try out the following ten ways to learn to love your body…
1. Acknowledge No One’s Perfect
Contrary to popular belief, no one is perfect—and really, who wants to be? Everyone is unique, something that should be embraced instead of feared. Yet societal pressures, the beauty industry, and unhealthy personal relationships can make you strive to be something you’re not, eventually causing low self-esteem and negative body image issues. Breaking free and rising above these things is a vital part of learning how to love your body. Without doing so, you’ll be trapped in a cycle of negativity, reaching for something that doesn’t exist.
How do you acknowledge no one’s perfect and that imperfections don’t take away from your natural beauty? A lot of it is about changing your attitude and ridding the thought that perfection and beauty are entwined—and that perfection is even something to strive for. Instead of trying to be someone you aren’t, differentiate yourself by owning the things that make you unique. Once you stop trying to be perfect, you’ll be able to build confidence in who you are and what you look like.