How to be Body Positive with Social Media

How to be Body Positive With Social Media

Let’s face it we have all found ourselves mindlessly scrolling into an Instagram pit that can only lead to one thing…

Your self esteem taking a bit of a beating. The digital age of social media, specifically Instagram can be a safe space and body positive in so many ways.­ But it can also lead to comparison & self-deprecation which is becoming more and more frequent in today’s society. Yet we all seem to spend countless hours on the app looking at flawless faces, toned figures with abs at the gym, smooth legs and for what? The only thing it leads to is affecting the way we view ourselves.

On average people spend around two hours a day on social media, but for young adults that number can reach around nine hours a day scrolling through social media. Not only can social media be problematic for your body image it can also affect your mental health. And there are ways that you can combat this. We have put together our tips, tricks & advice below to help you be body positive on social media and in life!

5 Tips on How to Make Your Social Media More Body Positive

5 Tips on How to Make Your Social Media More Body Positive

1. Have regular detox periods

Now we aren’t saying delete Instagram and never go on it again as that seems like a big, drastic measure. But what we are saying is maybe take time out of your day/­week/­month to have a detox period. Although there are negatives that come with social media there are also a lot of positives too.

It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends and people you know from all around the world, as well as being a great tool for businesses and work life. That being said, there is plenty of good that will come from having a detox period where you don’t touch your account for a few days, a week or even just for a day.

During this time you should plan some days out or exercise that you will enjoy purely for the benefits of how they will make you feel. Having plans that you don’t post on your Instagram feed or story will show you that there is more to life then showing other what you are doing on Instagram. You will probably feel more connected to yourself or the people you are spending time with too.

2. Take time to re-think the accounts you follow

If you scroll through your Instagram feed or look through the stories of people you follow and feel a hit on your self-esteem then this is definitely a tip aimed at you. Although you may think by unfollowing the diet gurus and thin influencers it will also take away your motivation to achieve your goals but it can actually do the complete opposite.

A lot of the things you expose yourself to on the app can really take its toll on your mood. So by only following accounts that make you feel good about yourself and your life, you will then start to radiate a more positive energy and have a positive outcome on life in general.

As a brief summary; unfollow anyone you compare yourself to that makes you feel worse about yourself.

3. Remember that there is more to life then what you see online

When you do get into a deep Instagram hole it can be easy to forget that people’s lives aren’t all that we see online. It is extremely important to remember that social media is only a narrow glimpse into people’s lives.

Just because someone looks like they have the perfect life and are hitting their fitness goals, going on amazing trips etc. it doesn’t mean that they are happy. There may be so many things going on deep down that people don’t show online.

Instagram is a highlight reel of peoples lives

4. Stop chasing ‘the ideal’ body type

Body image is a topic that concerns most and is more common in young adults. Of course focusing on your body image and what is the right and wrong body type to have can be extremely negative for your mental health. So when it comes to being more body positive with social media you want to stop chasing the ideal body type.

There isn’t an ideal body type everyone is different in their own unique way. People are more preoccupied with what they look like which ultimately makes them less satisfied with the overall way that they look in themselves.

By remembering that there isn’t a one body fits all in life you will be less likely to try and achieve these ‘ideal’ body types through unhealthy diets, exercise and lifestyle choices.

5. Join the body positivity movement

Recently, body positivity has become a new, popular trend that shows all the positive that can come from social media. Simply searching the hashtag #bodypo­sitive will show you over 16 million photos of the movement that many men and women are getting involved in.

Body positivity is all about challenging the dated, narrow beauty ideals and encourages to accept and appreciate all different types of bodies. Whether you have belly rolls, cellulite, battle scars, stretch marks, hair, bloated bellies the lot – and we’re here for it!

Joining the body positive movement will help you feel more satisfied with your body and love the skin your in. Everyone can still have goals that they want to achieve physically but with body positivity you can achieve them without the negative comparison that more than often comes with Instagram.

15 Body Positive Influencers to Follow

15 Body Positive Influencers to Follow

Sometimes you just need a daily reminder that you are fabulous in the skin you’re in so we have done some research and put together a list of body positive influencers that you should follow! These people below celebrate self-love, appreciation and acceptance and will definitely inspire you on your journey of body positivity.

2. Rebekah Wilkinson

@thebaglifeofbeck

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Beck (@thebaglifeofbeck)

3. Francesca Perks

@­frances­caperks

4. Malin Andersson

@missmalinsara

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by MALIN ANDERSSON (@missmalinsara)

5. Chessie King

@­chessi­ekingg

6. Jules Von Hep

@julesvonhep

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by JULES VON HEP (@julesvonhep)

7. Tess Daly

@tess.daly

8. Stephanie Yeboah

@stephanieyeboah

9. Grace Victory

@­gracef­victory

10. Megan Lane

@megan_rose_lane

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Megan Lane (@megan_rose_lane)

12. Alex Light

@alexlight_ldn

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Alex Light🕊 (@alexlight_ldn)

13. Zach Miko

@zachmiko

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Zach Miko (@zachmiko)

14. Sylvia Mac

@love_disfigure

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Love Disfigure (@love_disfigure)

15. Nyome Nicholas-Williams

@curvynyome

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Nyome Nicholas - Williams (@curvynyome)

10 Self Help Books For Positivity

10 Self Help Books for Positivity

There are so many benefits to self help books and one of the most important being that it inspires you to make better choices and take positive actions more often than you usually would. It gives you a new outlook on life and helps you stay positive and achieve your goals in life. Below we have listed 10 different self help books that cover a range of different topics but all link to self-love and positivity.

1. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is The Key to Unlocking Your Greatness

Author: Vex King

Buy on Amazon here.

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

2. The Kindness Method: The Highly Effective (and extremely enjoyable) Way to Change Your Habits

Author: Shahroo Izadi

Buy on Amazon here.

The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi

3. Healing Is the New High: A Guide to Overcoming Emotional Turmoil and Finding Freedom

Author: Vex King

Buy on Amazon here.

Healing Is the New High by Vex King

4. Happy: Finding Joy in Every Day and Letting Go

Author: Fearne Cotton

Buy on Amazon here.

Happy by Fearne Cotton

5. Women Don’t Owe You Pretty

Author: Florence Given

Buy on Amazon here.

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

6. Eliminate Negative Thinking: How to Overcome Negativity, Control Your Thoughts, And Stop Overthinking. Shift Your Focus into Positive Thinking, Self-Acceptance, And Radical Self Love

Author: Derick Howell

Buy on Amazon here.

Eliminate Negative Thinking by Derick Howell

7. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Author: Jen Sincero

Buy on Amazon here.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

8. The Secret

Author: Rhonda Byrne

Buy on Amazon here.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

9. Think Like a Monk: The Secret of How to Harness the Power of Positivity and be Happy

Author: Jay Shetty

Buy on Amazon here.

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty

10. Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Power of Chakras with Everyday Rituals

Author: Ambi Kavanagh

Buy on Amazon here.

Chakras & Self-Care by Ambi Kavanagh

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