Updated: Aug 10
I've struggled with loving and accepting my body image before. I've struggled with negative thoughts and low self esteem. It's hard getting yourself out of a state of self loathing and building yourself up sometimes, but it’s doable. Take it one day at a time and be gentle with yourself.
Here are some body positive affirmations that helped me build myself back up and improve my thoughts and self esteem. (I put an asterisk next to some of my favorite ones.) Try these when you're not feeling your best.
I am thankful for my body.
I deserve to feel comfortable and confident.*
I am worth more than my appearance.
I am beautiful.*
I am enough.
My body is strong.
My body is a one-of-a-kind.*
My body deserves kindness.
All bodies are different.
I don't need to change my body.*
I will treat my body with respect.
I will not compare myself to others.
I am grateful for everything my body allows me to do.*
My body radiates beauty and strength.
Body acceptance is a journey and I am on it.*
I will embrace my imperfections and love my body.
My body deserves to be taken care of.*
I am learning how to love my body.
My body is not an apology.
Every body is beautiful.
I am not my insecurities.*
I’ll accept myself unconditionally.
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
I will embrace my imperfections and love my body.*
I can do great things.
I am unique.
My looks don't define me.
When I look in the mirror I will find beauty.
Learning to accept my body takes time.*
I am beautiful inside and out.
My imperfections make me beautiful.
My body is a gift.
It's ok for me to trust my body.
I will not let others' thoughts of me negatively affect my thoughts of me.
I deserve to nourish my body.
I release all judgement towards my body.
My body is innocent.
My worth is not based on my body size.
When using these affirmations, try to set aside a few minutes 2 to 3 times a week to repeat the affirmations. Find what works best for you, some find it helpful to use affirmations first thing in the morning and others just before bed.
You might consider affirmations to be unrealistic or just wishful thinking, but try looking at affirmations in a new way. We do repetitive exercises to improve our physical health, so positive affirmations are like exercises for your mind. These (positive) mental repetitions can rework your thinking patterns so that you begin to think differently.
Though I struggled with loving myself and my body in the past, I still have days where negative thoughts creep in and insecurities nag at me. I've kept my affirmations from when I first started my self-love journey and continue to build my list of positive affirmations each year. I'll never stop saying kind things to myself and about my body, and you shouldn't either.