How To Overcome Negative Body Image

Body negativity does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or a size 22, we can all suffer from days where external pressures wiggle into our subconscious to become inner monologue.

I reached out to influencer friends across the size spectrum and asked if they could share how they overcome feeling negatively about their bodies.

Brianne, size 18

I used to try to resist feeling body negativity.  I'd find body-positive quotes and make them the background image on my phone, and I made sure to curate a social media feed with diverse bodies, etc.

I set aside 30 minutes to sit and 'feel the feels.' I found that by fully being in my feelings I was able to move through them. I'd come out on the other side.  And later in the day,  I'd look in the mirror and say, 'Wow, I'm hot as fuck.'

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Ushshi, size 18

One of the main ways in which I am at odds with my body sometimes is when I’m dealing with the physicality of when it burdens me.

Whether or not you are dealing with chronic illness or health issues that limit aspects of your life such as mobility, everyone knows what it’s like to feel like your body is failing you in some way.

It’s in those moments that I’ve learned to (still learning, it will always be an ongoing process) to sit with it, my body, my feelings around it, the pain.

That there will always be a new normal and you will find meaning at every struggle and stage of your existence.

Tasha, size 6

Whenever I’m going through a period of negative body image, I try to ask myself, “where exactly is this coming from?” If I find my life suddenly feels out of my control, that’s when the negative self-talk is at its worst.

As soon as I saw that relationship, it became a lot easier to identify, and deal with—and ultimately, find out the cause of invasive, negative thoughts helps me be kinder and gentler with myself.