We’re all guilty of being overly critical of our own bodies. Chances are you look in the mirror and see plenty of things holding you back from fitting into the physical ideal you have in your mind — spots, rolls, wrinkles, cellulite, hair, discolorations, and more get in the way. You may tell yourself if only these things were fixed, you’d have the confidence to ask your cute co-worker on a date or the courage to go for your dream job. The perception you have of your body is so tied to your overall persona that far too often it holds you back from achieving the things you want.
At some point, this cycle has to stop. Your body does amazing things. It allows you to move, breathe, taste, and smell. It should be recognized for all it does rather than being reduced to a number on a scale or a dress size. Learn to love your body — this is a good place to start.
1. Stop criticizing yourself
The first thing you have to do is stop the habit of self-hate. When you look in the mirror, stop examining the dimples on your butt or the spots on your face. Instead of thinking, “I hate my hips,” say, “My butt looks great in these jeans” or “I love my eyes.” When someone compliments you, don’t brush it off or put yourself down in response. Think and talk about yourself with love.