#Body Positive: The movement that has revolutionized the way we relate to our body

“It is possible to find beauty in softness. It’s possible to fall in love with a body that you never believed was worthy of love. It’s possible to find peace after having spent a lifetime fighting a war against your body. It’s possible to recover. ”

Megan Jayne Crabbe

What is it about?

The body positive movement is initiated by the urgency and the need to make visible the fact that all bodies are perfect. Yes, regardless of whether you have cellulite, stretch marks, scars, if you have any disability, acne or if you don’t feel like putting on makeup never again in your life, this movement inspires you to smack what you always thought of your body and fly away freely.

If you feel that accepting you as you are is the most therapeutic thing you can do, this post is for you.

Breaking beauty standards

Since we are young we are exposed to thousands of stimuli that help us form a positive or negative perception of our bodies. From the aunt who told you “look at the chubby girl” when you were 4 years old or when, in a moment of vulnerability, you opened that girls’ magazine that was responsible for destroying a celebrity for how her body looked in a bikini and you felt terrible for not looking like an underwear model.

Magazines, advertising, television, for years and years it seemed that success and happiness was intended only for “beautiful” people. Or, at least, that’s what they’ve always told us …

The unattainable standards of beauty under which we have learned to live are cruel, unhealthy and contribute absolutely nothing to our path to fulfillment. For all of this, it is your task and mine, to disassemble them, to turn on the light, to accept ourselves and to begin to live in complete freedom with our body just as it is.

Social media as a weapon to inspire change

According to statistics, there are 3.2 billion users of social networks worldwide, and this number continues to grow. This is equivalent to approximately 42% of the current population (Emarsys, 2019).

Amazing, right? I am sure that without social networks, movements such as #metoo or #bodypositive would not have gone so far. Never like today, personal growth and the movements that inspire us to empower ourselves have been so strong and viral.

It is true that social media can be a double-edged sword that can give an image of unreal perfection, but they can also be platforms used to drive change in the way we show ourselves and let others show themselves.

Our size is not useful to measure our internal strenght

When we judge others and judge ourselves only by our appearance, we lose 99% of who we are. Our strength, intelligence, personal power and what makes us unique can never be measured by size.
What works for you? What makes you feel healthy? If you feel good, keep it up. When we learn to talk to each other with love and to accept ourselves, everything changes.

To hell with the bikini body

This bikini body idea was invented by some brand of weight loss products for sure. So, if you want a bikini body, put on a bikini and enjoy.
Gradually that implanted voice of what you should be, will go out and you will feel much freer and happier.

Is it matter of gender?

Definitely not, although women have always had a lot more social burden in how we should see each other, the body positive movement is not only aimed at women, we all need to develop a strong and unwavering self-esteem. No gender. We all suffer from internalized rejection. We all need to break free from the same stigmas.

Self love as a revolutonary act

“Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely,
that when others see us
they know exactly how it should be done”

Rudy Francisco

In a society where feeling ashamed of who you are is the general rule, loving yourself is a revolutionary act. Be the revolution. The next time that you feel uncomfortable in your own body, breathe for a moment and think that you are perfect just as you are. Talk to yourself with love. Love yourself as if you were your best friend and ally.

Inteligence and self confidence is sexy

Who believes that only physical appearance can make you sexy is very wrong. Your intelligence and the confidence you have in yourself is what makes you truly irresistible, so put on whatever you want and go out and conquer the world.

Impact on our mental health

Accepting our body, developing our self-esteem and being happy are fundamental keys to achieving optimal mental health. It’s your decision. Do you dare to take it?

Luisa Argueta