It’s Love Your Body Day!
The National Organization for Women Foundation created the Love Your Body campaign in 1998 to help fight the unrealistic beauty standards, gender stereotypes and sometimes harmful images imposed by media and advertisers.
The foundation’s message is simple but powerful:
Love. Your. Body.
Did you know…
- Over 85% of women are dissatisfied with their appearance.
- 45% of women are on a diet on any given day.
- More than 80% of 4th grade girls have been on a fad diet.
- The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by less than 5% of females.
- The average weight of a model today is 23% lower than that of an average woman.
- Each year the U.S. spends over $40 billion on weight-reduction programs, diet foods and beverages.
- 95% of diets fail.
It’s sad really.
But I do believe we all have a choice. We can listen to those mixed-up messages the media or others send us or we can create our own version of beauty.
My Top 6 Ways to Loving Your Body
Move and Groove.
Yes, you heard that right. Get your booty into motion. Turn on some music and dance, go for a run, grab a jump rope, take a yoga or Pilates class. The point is to do something active.
I am not suggesting you have to do yoga every morning, unless it’s meditative yoga. What I am talking about is sitting quietly for 5-10 minutes each morning, taking some deep belly breaths and setting an intention for your day.
Feed your body nourishing, delightful things…this could include healthy food, a small portion of your favorite treat, but could also include foot soaks, warm luxuriating baths, steamy hot showers and lathering your favorite lotion into your skin.
Every morning upon waking I go to the mirror and tell myself what’s up. Usually it goes something like, “Hey there Kimberly, I love you girl. You are special, unique and beautiful. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.” Okay, that might sound cheesy to you but it works. So create your own version of appreciating yourself.
Go on a ME Date.
Take yourself out on a date. Shower yourself with love and fun. Go to that 5 star restaurant for lunch, treat yourself to that iced latte at the bookstore as you page through your favorite magazine, get a massage, manicure or pedicure…the idea is to have fun and do something you love.
Yes, truly get naked. Get undressed and walk around the house nude. Watch your favorite sitcom naked. Fold laundry naked, eat dinner naked. Until you get comfortable in your birthday suit and the way it feels exposed, it is really hard to love your body.
What are you going to do today to shower your body with some love? I would love to hear from you. Leave me a comment below.
Sending lots body love,