- Only consume body-positive media. Check out Tess Holiday and Joanna Spicer. Surround yourself with body-positive and mental health-positive images. Look for good media to consume.
- Prioritize yourself. Declutter. Give away clothes that you don’t feel confident in. Only buy clothes that make you feel like yourself.
- Extract yourself from relationships that don’t bring you joy.
- Practice positive self-talk (Editor’s note: yes, this is really hard), even when you don’t feel like it. I’ll voice my feelings when I’m having a low-confidence day, then try to reply aloud with loving affirmations.
- Find hobbies that make you feel good about yourself and do them. I draw and ballroom dance and do makeup.
- Disregard the idea that there’s a male audience (or any audience) you have to do anything for.
- Take selfies that make you feel like yourself. Honestly, taking nude selfies (although not necessarily sending them to anyone) can really help. (Editor’s note: be careful not to keep nude photos in storage on your phone, as they could end up somewhere you don’t want them. But pose away for those self-love moments! Your body is yours!)
- Support other women. It circles back and rejuvenates you. Actively promote body / mental health positivity. For a while, I tried to start a little trend called “tummy love.”
What ways are you going to start loving yourself better? (Start right now!)
Edited for grammar and clarity.