Love your body with these positive morning mantras
Wondering whether you have just the right amount of thigh jiggle when you run or obsessing over getting the perfect six-pack just isn't the key to happiness and self-love. Yes, getting fit and healthy is also about exercising and that means you'll enjoy a fitter, more toned body - but it isn't the be all and end all. Waking up in the morning and hating what you see in the mirror puts a negative spin on your mood from the outset, making it harder to achieve your goals - it could even make it more likely that you'll give into temptation when it comes to unhealthy snacks. So put a positive spin on your morning with these10 positive mantras that will help you love your body and be confident!
#1. "Every body is a bikini body"
It's true. You don't need to look a certain way or be a certain size to flaunt your curves in this season's hottest bikinis. And if you want to wear a one-piece? Well, that's okay too. We're so often influenced by the media into thinking that we have to be a certain shape or size in order to have the perfect 'bikini' body. In reality, women come in all shapes and sizes - and men get insecurities about how ther bodies look on the beach too! No matter what size you are, being confident is the key to looking beautiful.
#2. "Change your mind, change your body"
Feeling better about yourself starts from within. The latest fad diet and dropping a dress size isn't going to turn you into a completely new person. In fact, the quickest way to make healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle is to change your mindset. View yourself as worthwhile and deserving of good things, think positively about yourself and you'll naturally start to take better care of yourself, making it easier to achieve those fitness goals!
#3. "Work out because you love your body, not because you hate it."
If you're guilty of hitting the gym as a 'punishment' everytime you've indulged in a takeaway or a bar of chocolate - STOP! Feeling negative about your body in this way won't motivate you and you'll find you start to resent exercising. Focus on how exercise makes you feel better about yourself and your body - it gets your endorphins flowing, boosting your mood, it gives you more energy and it helps your body to be fit and healthy. Work out to achieve these things, not to punish your body if you've fallen off the healthy eating wagon.
#4. "Don't compare yourself to someone else's highlight reel"
Social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to body image. We're so used to seeing airbrushed, photoshopped images of celebrities, and even people that we know, that it can be hard to love what we see when we look in the mirror. Remember that people only let you see what they want you to see, and those heavily-edited images are the very best versions of themselves. Nobody posts their worst photographs! Looking at so-called 'perfect' images and forever trying to take the perfect selfie can have a devastating effect on your self-esteem. Don't compare your worst to someone else's best - everyone is beautiful in their own way.
#5. "You don't have to like everything about yourself to love yourself"
If you're in a relationship, there are probably things about your partner you don't like (it's ok, it's true for all of us). Yet you still love them! We can apply this to ourselves too - you can love somebody who's imperfect. Don't fall into the trap of saying, "I'll love myself when I've lost a stone," accept yourself for who you are now!
#6. "Just because I think it, doesn't make it true"
Thinking you're ugly, fat or there's something wrong with your body is something that many of us do from time to time. However it's important to recognise that not everything you think is actually true. Recognising that you're having these thoughts is the key to turning them around into more positive thoughts and feelings. Your thoughts are not you.
#7. "Your body hears everything your mind says - stay positive"
It's true that negative thinking can impact the choices we make on a daily basis. Spend your days telling yourself you're fat, ugly and worthless and you're more likely to reach for that doughnut or chow down on another Chinese takeaway. But be confident and happy in your own skin and suddenly you'll want to take care of yourself by eating well, exercising and making healthy choices.
#8. "Progress not perfection"
Aiming for perfection puts incredible pressure on you and you're more likely to set yourself up for failure. Setting yourself realistic healthy eating and fitness goals can motivate you - aim to improve a little every day and you'll find it easier to stick to your guns if you're tempted!
#9. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line."
Self-love is important - too often we base our opinions of ourselves on what others think of us. If you're lacking in confidence, you won't have the motivation to pursue your goals. Accepting yourself and feeling positive about how you look and who you are means that the other aspects of your life - health and fitness, work, love, will all fall into place.
#10. "I will not determine my self-worth based on appearance."
Are you guilty of endlessly taking selfies to see how you look, scouring friend's Facebook pages to determine whether they're prettier than you or cancelling a night out because you don't feel that you look good? Determining your self-worth based on appearance is going to make you unhappy - both in the short-term and the long-term. You are the things you do and achieve, not what you look like, and obsessing over your appearance could lead to mental health problems and impact other areas of your life, such as your social life and relationships.
Wake up this morning and try one of these positive mantras for size, however you're feeling about your body. We guarantee that a little self-love and self-confidence will make you feel happier!
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