In this current day and age, the media and our society have made it extremely hard for individuals to love themselves. The media, their various platforms, and celebrities have created this “ideal’ body type that’s honestly not even the average body type of most humans in the world. The idealistic body views have caused body shaming to really skyrocket over the last few years. Body shaming primarily takes place through social media, where users are bullied through comments, personal messages and more. I’d also like to point out a very important fact, that the people being targeted are both curvy and thin women. This is a very important topic, so I’ve decided to give a little personal advice that I hope helps anyone who’s struggling to love him or herself fully.
One. Choose wisely whom you surround yourself with: I know we’ve all heard the saying “birds of a feather flock together” and that is one of the truest quotes. You should always pay close attention to the people that you let in your circle. Those that are close to you will be the individuals that shape your views and mindset, so in that means you want to always surround yourself with loving, body positive and body accepting people so you can be around people that personally make you feel good.
Two: Watch who you allow to follow you on social media platforms: you should intentionally only allow people to view your social media platforms who promote body acceptance and self-love, this is important so that you can ensure that you won’t ever have to face the wrath of internet trolls and bullies.
Three: Try to locate the root to your problems: I know this can be a difficult one, but it’s important to take time out of your day, each day, and really spend time trying to pinpoint the reasons why you’re feeling certain ways. Yes, you know you feel some ways because of the Internet and others views, but the most important thing is to find your inner reasons.
Remember, I am only human and my advice and answers may not always be correct, but these are a few things that allowed me to overcome my downfalls. I hope the things that helped me, help you all.
Written by: Darean Derae Rhodes