Body shaming has become the norm these days. It’s almost become acceptable to pass nasty comments on other people, and this isn’t right. If we keep going the way we’re going we’re not going to achieve anything positive. We should be celebrating all our unique body types, not criticizing each other. Let’s try and lift each other up, not bring each other down. Here are a few steps that will help you learn how to accept and love your body.

1. Accept Your Body The Way It Is.

Yes, this is very important. You need to understand that every body type is different; whatever your body type is, it’s unique and beautiful, and you need to accept it. As long as you’re healthy, it doesn’t matter what body shape you are.

2. Understand Your Body.

Everyone has a different body type; it’s not as simple as there being only a few types. There’s a lot more to it. Try understanding your body type. And most importantly, love it!

3. Exercise.

Exercising is a great way to feel good about your body; it helps you take your mind off things, it’s been proven that exercise relieves stress, and it helps you stay fit. You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym and strain your body. You could go jogging, cycling, maybe even dancing!

4. Have a meltdown once in a while.

We’re all humans and there are times when we need to let go and have a good cry when we’re feeling down. It’s not good to keep all the stress and tension in your body; let it out and you’ll feel better for it.

5. Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat this until it stays in your head.

“I’m beautiful. I’m unique. I’m healthy. I’m more than what people see. I am me.”

6. Don’t accept any mean and nasty comments.

If anyone is being negative towards you, try and ignore them, and don’t let what they say affect how you feel about yourself. You take away the power they have if you refuse to let them get to you. If the problem continues please tell someone, you should never be treated like this. Remember the haters are the jealous ones; rise above them and be your wonderful self.

Love yourself the way you are. We admire others so much that we forget to admire what we have. Your body is your home; keep it safe and be your beautiful self. BE BODY POSITIVE!

Credit: Rachel Ballinger, Teentimes