My Journey with Body Positivity

oh, what a post to write and so much I want to get out. I wanted to be all organized and plan this post put perfectly and do it in a super professional way but I figured it would better to just play it by heart and share it with you as it is. all over the place for me and I don’t know where to begin. the only thing I can say for sure is that I’m passionate about it and it’s a topic that needs to be talked about and expressed openly. the days of perfect barbie bodies in magazines are over for me. its all about featuring all types of humans no matter what size they are, how many birth or stretch marks they have. does it really matter if your legs are short? to me, there’s beauty in everyone and everyone’s body and yet, I have struggled with mine for so long and still do. it’s a journey and a struggle. sometimes is strange to me how I can love everyone no matter how they look and yet be so hard on myself. there are days when I’m absolutely fine and on others, I’m so insecure and I always have been. I felt to chubby, to short, not pretty enough and only really managed to work towards a better relationship with myself in the past year. it has been hard but rewarding and something I want to work out for myself. at the end of the day, I only have one body and I should be able to love it. so in today’s post, I want to share a few things that helped me along the way so far. I still have much to learn and I’m not at my end goal of body positivity and love but hopefully will be there soon.

become aware of your struggles
when body positivity came into focus it made me look back on my life and I hit me in the face like a brick. it was what I was lacking and what I was battling with all those years. from always feeling too big even when I was a little girl to dealing with an eating disorder in my teens to never being able to feel comfortable in my own skin. it has never been a good ride but before I was truly able to start my journey to loving myself, I needed to become aware of my struggles and accept that I have been struggling as long as I remember. it was also finding out what exactly makes me feel insecure, what I don’t like and it is hard and painful but its a must to start a journey towards loving yourself.

what do I want?
it’s so hard to truly find out what I expect from myself and how I can better my relationship with myself. I needed to be aware of what I actually wanted to change and I needed to change my relationship with my body as I felt too uncomfortable in my own skin. one thing I needed to notice was that self-love and body positivity for me was not achieved by just changing my thoughts and loving my body just as it is. I tried it, for years and it didn’t make me happy at all. I needed to work on my body and get to a place that made me feel comfortable. I know, this could sound controversial when it comes to body positivity but the journey is personal and should be what you want to make it and for me, it was creating the body I felt comfortable in whilst accepting things I couldn’t change and probably shouldn’t if I could. I always felt self-conscious of my hips as wide hips run in the family but I can’t change them and I truly came to love having an hourglass figure.

its hard work
a journey to body positivity is not easy and its long. it’s changing the way you think, learning to love yourself and be gentle even on down days. it’s treating your body right and changing habits. I not only switched around my eating habits and getting into a workout routine but I had to learn to accept what I have and also be aware of bad days. it meant doing the best I could for my body and actively changing the way I think about myself. its hard work and it’s even harder to not slip back into old habits but its so worth it.
be vocal about it
everyone has their problems and obviously, not everyone has a hard timing loving their body. what I’ve noticed is that some people I have talked to about my insecurities and me having a hard time loving myself just replied with: “just love yourself and accept yourself” and all I can say is, it’s not “just”. I know its hard to explain it to others but it needs to be done, not only to raise awareness. 

my outfit
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Dress: PrettyLittleThing
Sunglasses: Quay

Location: Hovas, Sweden

what about you? do you have any tips to help with the journey towards a better relationship with your body?  what has helped you? I would love to know.

this post was created in collaboration with true & co. it’s not a sponsored post but I’m really passionate about body positivity and creating a community of strong women

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