The body positivity movement has drastically been on the rise in recent years. When it comes to the unrealistic standards that we convey on social media, the message can become somewhat unclear. With Spring Break around the corner, it may be difficult for individuals to feel confident with themselves while Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter constantly exhibit pictures of this “perfect image.” It is easy to be hard on one’s appearance for not looking exactly like this certain image, but in reality there is no such thing as a perfect body type.

Photo by Hanna Grimes

There are many ways to get out of negative mindsets and to feel confident with your body. Here are a few tips to help:

  • Rather than picking out your flaws when looking in a mirror, choose the parts of your body that you like about yourself. Our flaws are usually the focal points when looking in a mirror, but why? Why don’t we notice the uniquely beautiful things about ourselves? Next time you’re looking in the mirror, take a moment to recognize the things you love about yourself.
  • Delete or unfollow any account on your feed that triggers negative feelings toward yourself or your body. It might be difficult to unfollow friends or celebrities you admire but be ruthless! It’s for your own health and can really make the difference and boost your confidence.
  • Exercise to feel better, not to look better. SJU students can even complete simple workouts in the comfort of their own dorm rooms whenever they have the time.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others; everyone is unique. It can be truly empowering when we not only accept our differences but embrace them.
Photo by Hanna Grimes

It can be easy to forget these tips while scrolling through photos on social media of these “perfect images.” The next time you are feeling down about yourself, think about these tips to not only feel confident around Spring Break, but to feel confident everyday!

Photo by Hanna Grimes

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