Loving yourself starts within, but it is usually your outer appearance that gives you the most trouble. You have to develop the skills of self-love before you can truly succeed at anything else. Regardless of your current size, be it small or large, it is important that you learn how to love your body. This can be a difficult task for some people while others seem to have no trouble with it at all. Despite the differences, there are three main steps you should take if you truly want to love your physique.
Step One: Realization
If you want to love your body, you are going to have to take inventory. Stand in front of a mirror and look at yourself. Take the time to drink in the details that make up your appearance and body shape. Realize that what you see is what you get. Just because your particular look is not the same as someone else’s or is not exactly ideal according to mainstream standards does not mean that you are not capable of being loved. The world already has plenty of supermodels, and it needs more of you superbly not-so-perfect people to love your body.
Step Two: Acceptance
Now that you know what you are dealing with, it is time for you to accept what you see. You do not need a good reason or require the approval of another person to accomplish this. In order to love your body no matter your size, you have to give yourself a little break. You are your own best friend and your own worst critic at the same time. Acceptance is when you finally find the balance between the two.
Step Three: Celebration
After realization and acceptance comes the fun part: celebration. There is no need for you to remain in a depressed and self-loathing state, especially once you truly love your body. Try not to go overboard with it, but celebrate your beauty just a bit. Do your hair, wear some makeup, buy some new clothes, join a club or gym, or do anything that makes you feel good in your own skin. Just because you wish to improve upon yourself for tomorrow does not mean that you cannot love yourself for exactly who you are today.