I was on a run when I found it. Its vibrant colors caught my eye, contrasting against the dull greens of the late fall grass.
I stopped to inspect it more closely- A torn off section from the cover of a women’s magazine. It featured an image of a model in jeans paired with an article title promising to help the reader “Find Jeans That Will Hide Your Body’s Flaws”.
But this wasn’t just a piece of stray trash- Someone had customized it.
The torn-off section was glued to a piece of paper. On the paper was a written response to the article title: “Find Jeans That Will Hide Body’s Your Flaws or wear whatever the hell you want because you’re already perfect.”
While it was a simple creation, it was powerful. At the time, I was a college student, constantly worrying about whether I was “enough.” Beautiful enough, smart enough, lovable enough.
To find it felt like some sort of fate. I grabbed the paper, headed back to my dorm, and wedged it in the crevice of my mirror.
For the next three years, every time I glanced in the mirror, it served as a reminder:
I was enough.
Why Change Your Home?
Your brain processes everything you encounter. Most of the time, you won’t even notice it happening. A women’s magazine on your coffee table, a scale in your bathroom, or a dress in your closet can all affect how you feel.
Home is a sanctuary. It’s where you go to feel comfortable, safe, and happy. For this reason, it’s important to create a space that encourages body positivity.
5 Easy Changes To Make
1) Ditch Your Scale
If you’re anything like me, seeing a scale always brings up negative thoughts and self-criticism. A scale is an invitation to judge yourself based on a number that in no way reflects your worth.
Ditching your scale can be incredibly beneficial to your health- No more beating yourself up over your body’s natural fluctuations. Remember, mental health is health, too!
Still skeptical? Check out this fantastic article from The Paleo Pact.
2) Clean Out That Closet
Maybe it’s a pair of pants from a few years back, a swimsuit you bought for “diet-inspiration”, or a dress that doesn’t quite fit the way you want it to. We all have at least one thing in our closets that trigger self-judgment.
If you find that something you own brings up more negative feelings than positive ones, donate it!
Need a little more prompting? Promise to replace each item you donate with an article of clothing that makes you feel good. I can’t think of a better reason to treat yourself to something new!
3) Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall
I’ve wasted countless hours picking apart my body in front of a mirror.
And to most women, this will come as no surprise. We all do it.
From birth, we’re bombarded by advertisements telling us that if we don’t have cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, or varicose veins, we’ll be happier. We are trained to search for “flaws” to “fix” when looking at our reflections.
Help break this habit by grabbing a few post-its and adding affirmations to your mirror. Research has proven that reading daily affirmations makes you both happier and healthier.
Write down some things you love about yourself and encouraging messages. You can even have friends contribute short notes!
Every time you look at yourself, you’ll be reminded that you’re so much more than meets the eye!
4) Swap Out Your Mags
Chances are, you probably have a few magazines around your home, perhaps on your coffee table or nightstand. Perusing a magazine can be a great way to decompress after a long day at work.
Unfortunately, many magazines (often subconsciously) send harmful messages to women. Some feature articles pushing fad diets, some applaud celebrities on their “beach bodies”, and almost all include advertisements that promote unhealthy beauty ideals.
If you love magazines, you don’t have to kick the habit! Simply consider swapping out some of your mainstream mags for a few of these empowering and body positive options.
5) Hang Empowering Artwork Around Your Home
Art can be an especially powerful way to transform your home into a body positive oasis. By placing the customized magazine cover in my home, I saw a daily reminder to be kinder to myself.
Consider investing in (or creating) a few pieces of art that promote self-love. They could be paintings, photos, or affirmations!