In light of Mental Health Awareness week and #bebodykind here are my tips to becoming Body Positive. Battling myself with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) I can relate to the struggle and pressure some of us can feel to look ‘perfect’.

  1. Don’t look at everything you haven’t got and can’t do, focus on what you have got and can do.
  2. Affirmations are proven to work… try this mantra say it 5 times whilst looking in the mirror. I am now ready, to love and accept my body.
  3. Find 3 things you like about your body, no matter how small, even if it’s your little toe nail, and focus on how much you love these parts.
  4. Consider all of the people you feel are beautiful inside and remember that real beauty radiates from a person, it’s not superficial.
  5. Counteract every negative thought you have about your body, with something positive.
  6. Don’t try and hide and blend in. Wear clothes that flatter your body shape and make you feel good.
  7. Avoid looking at gossip, beauty magasines and Instagram, which are designed only to make you feel worse about yourself with constant body shaming.
  8. Ask other people, your partner if you have one, or close friends what they admire about your body, and remember what you see is not what others see.
  9. Think about all the qualities you have as a person that aren’t related to how you look, and write them down. If you’re struggling ask a close friend.
  10. Avoid negative people that make you feel worse about yourself. Surround yourself with positive people. This might mean a spring clean of your friends!