1. Practice positive affirmation
One of the most effective ways to practice body positivity is through verbal affirmation. Say what you love about yourself out loud! Give yourself daily verbal encouragement. This can take many forms: say something positive to yourself in the mirror or read written notes of affirmation to yourself throughout the day. You might feel silly doing this at first, but in order to teach your brain that you are valuable, you have to speak your thoughts out loud. This is a proven verbal learning tactic.
2. Skinny ≠ healthy
If you believe that a skinny body is equal to a healthy body, I have to break it to you—your wrong. This notion is completely false, but is nevertheless thoroughly ingrained in American media. Avoid diet culture and put away the scale—your weight is not equal to your value as a person! Instead, show appreciation to your body by nourishing it and exercising in ways you actually enjoy.
3. Compliment others
One way to start recognizing value in yourself is to recognize it in others. Give compliments to your friends, family and strangers. When you show kindness to others, you are more likely to show kindness to yourself.
4. Surround yourself with positivity
Cut out toxicity from your life. Are you following influencers who boast about diet culture? Unfollow. Your friend wants you to go on the latest diet trend with her to lose 15 pounds? No thanks Karen! Surround yourself with positive media and people who uplift you for who you are.
5. Focus on you
Focus on what you love about yourself Identify what physical features you love most about yourself. When negative thoughts pop into your head, revert to these features to remember your value. These features don’t have to be chosen based on beauty, you can also choose them to highlight their ability. For example, if you catch yourself thinking “I wish my legs were longer”, replace that thought with “I love my legs for their ability to take me wherever I wish to go.”