EVERY body is a bikini body
Co-written by Erica Eberl
Summer is here! The sun’s out, the surf is calling, and it’s time to walk your feet through that glorious sand.
And with the lovely change in seasons, the dreaded ‘bikini’ or ‘beach’ body conversations have started. Gyms have amped up their marketing tactics, magazines are pumping out outrageous claims and tips & tricks and influencers have started promoting their 8-week fitness challenges.
But here’s the thing, you already have a bikini body.
EVERY body is a bikini body, whether you choose to wear one or not.
Whether you choose to wear a bikini, rock a sarong or prefer a wetsuit, EVERY body is beautiful and worthy.
Rather than focusing on changing your body, we encourage you to challenge the messaging and thoughts that may pop up this Summer that are holding you back from enjoying life.
We all have the power to change how we think and feel about our bodies.
Here are some thoughts we’ve put together to help you own your beautiful body:
Show yourself the same kindness that you would show a close friend.
Notice the words and tone you use when you speak to yourself about your body.
Would you say the same to a close friend about their body?
Be thankful for what your body can do and what it allows you to do.
Take a moment to notice what your body can accomplish.
What is something your body can do that you are grateful for?
For example, I am thankful for my fingers which allow me to write, type and open things.
I am thankful for my legs, which allow me to explore bush trails with my friends.
Remember your body is an instrument, not an ornament, that allows you to do the activities that make life more enjoyable.
Find what makes you comfortable.
It is the job of clothing to fit your body, not the other way around. Experiment with different swimmers and styles that make you feel good in your body. Whether that be flowy, fitted, bright, neutral, low rise, high rise, full or cheeky coverage.
Show your body some love.
Take a moment one evening to show your body some love. Pampering your body is one way to show your body some kindness.
How do you feel when you rub lotions and creams over your body? What about a relaxing bubble bath? You might really enjoy hot showers, or maybe a face mask is more your thing. Whatever you enjoy, try and find some time every so often to show your body some kindness. Give yourself compliments and practise speaking kindly to your body.
If you are at the beach or pool and notice yourself getting uncomfortable with your body, take a moment to pause and focus on taking some deep breaths. You’ve overcome these thoughts before, the feeling will pass again.
All of these things take time. We have noticed what we think are flaws for so long that they have become habit. New patterns take time to stick. Some days we have bad body image days, and some days we will have good body image days. This is completely normal.
Looking for more to read? See our previous blog post ‘How to respond to comments about food or your body’ here.
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