As we prepare to head into a new year, it’s important to remember to love and accept ourselves just as we are. So often, we focus on everything we want to change about ourselves without recognizing all the beautiful qualities that make us unique.
A great way to help shift this thinking is by using body-positive affirmations. These affirmations can help us move towards body acceptance versus constantly striving for impossible perfection.
Here are 65 body positive affirmations to help you love the skin you’re in.
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How do you embrace body positivity?
It takes time and effort, but the key is to understand what hasn’t been working and confront negative mental chatter that may be holding us back from fully loving ourselves. Practicing self-compassion and self-care can also help to shift our mindset towards body positivity and acceptance.
The positive mantras to remember
1.Negative thoughts have no place in determining my acceptance and worth.
2. Comparing my present body to my physical appearance 10 years ago or in the future is not helpful.
3. The first step isn’t a magical pill but rather acceptance and love for my current stat
4. Negative self talk will only prolong my journey to self love and acceptance.
5. Attaching weight loss to every workout will only bring frustration.
6. I am worthy of love, deep love because it takes a lot of effort to undo negative thoughts.
7. I am a human being that’s unlearning that a perfect body doesn’t exist. I have mine, it’s unique and beautiful.
8. I am in a better place knowing that my current body has held me through thick and thin.
9. I am capable of looking at my body in the mirror and upholding a healthy body image.
10. I accept the negative emotions as a normal part of the process for loving my body even when I have off days.
11. I look forward to the amazing things my body will teach me and allow me to accomplish.
12. Comparing my body type to someone else’s is like comparing apples to oranges. I choose not to entertain such thoughts.
13. The kind things I will say to my body when pressured to lose weight will be some of the kindest things I will say to myself.
14. I will take care of my body like I would a best friend recovering from a tough time.
Positive body image affirmations
16. I am developing wisdom of my body that supersedes any quick detox tea or crash diet.
17. My physical body knows what it needs and I’m receptive to its needs because I love and respect it.
18. I am not at fault for having a poor body image.
19. No arbitrary number on the scale will ever define how beautiful, capable and confident I am.
20. My high school body may not look the same but I’m a grown woman, why would I want it to?
21. I welcome positive thoughts when it comes to my body.
22. I will not fixate on reaching a goal weight. It’s not fair to my body to constantly push it towards something that makes me miserable in the process.
23. There are a variety of foods that give my body the fuel and energy it needs. I will eat mindfully and without guilt.
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24. When tempted to hold my breath from stress, I will take a deep breath to give my lungs rest.
25. It may be a difficult journey but it’s worth it to love and accept my body.
26. Bad body image days will happen and I will say to myself that I my body deserves recognition for all it does for me.
27. I will make a conscious effort to send the right messages to my body because it remembers everything.
28. My postpartum body is proof of the amazing things it can do, and I will honor and love it for that.
29. I am in good health because my body tells me in more ways than one that it’s happy.
31. I will go to a quiet place in my body when outside messaging makes me question my worth.
32. I will be honest about where I am in my body positivity journey versus engaging in toxic positivity.
33. The only thing that matters to me is how I show up for my body because it’s been through a lot.
34. Changing my core values to ones that better serve me will result in a better relationship with my body.
35. Black women are bombarded with societal and cultural standards that tell us our bodies are not good enough, but I will love my body unconditionally.
36. I will not allow fitness goals to send me to a place of self-criticism or body hatred.
37. I will ensure that I’m feeding my body a healthy diet and won’t challenge it with unsustainable diets.
38. My body weight is just a number. I will focus on my physical and mental strength instead.
39. Being intentional to spend time with positive people and women that love themselves, makes me love my body more.
40. I know that positive messages are just one way to learn to love my body more. I have to also challenge my negative thought patterns and treat myself with compassion.
41. I am grateful for the healthy relationship I have with my body today.
42. I am a better person for realizing that my body is not separate from me, but a part of me that deserves love and acceptance.
43. On a daily basis, I will give my body mini hugs to let it know I appreciate it.
44. Battling low self-esteem does not mean that I’m not making progress with my body image journey.
Daily positive affirmations
46. I am unique and my body is a reflection of that.
47. Every day, I make the choice to love and accept every inch of my body.
48. My stretch marks are not flaws but physical proof of how my body has grown and changed.
49. I am grateful for my body and the experiences it has allowed me to have.
50. My body is my home, and I choose to make it a safe and loving space.
51. My body may have blemishes and flaws, but it is also capable of amazing things. I choose to focus on and celebrate those capabilities.
52. Each day, I will take care of my body with love, knowing that it is mine for life.
53. My worth is not determined by society’s beauty standards or how others perceive me; it is intrinsic and inherent within myself.
54. I am thankful for my body’s unique features and quirks that make me different from anyone else.
55. I will appreciate and listen to the signals my body gives me, because it is the only one I have.
56. My body can and will achieve amazing things with love, care, and patience.
57. I choose to surround myself with positivity and body acceptance, because it is integral to loving oneself fully.
58. I choose to listen to my body’s needs and give it the love it deserves.
59. I am grateful for my body’s abilities to move, feel and experience the world around me.
61. I am grateful for the way my body gives me the ability to experience pleasure and joy.
62. I am grateful for my body’s resilience and determination to keep going, even through tough times.
63. I will listen to my body’s needs and prioritize self-care in order to maintain a positive relationship with it.
64. I am grateful for the way my body allows me to express myself creatively and uniquely.
Combating negative image thoughts with affirmations
There is something to be said about the body positivity movement. It’s not just about loving and accepting our bodies, but it’s also about recognizing the societal pressures that lead us to have negative body image in the first place.
It’s a journey and a process, but with daily affirmations and self-love, we can learn to appreciate and love ourselves as whole beings, including our physical bodies. So let’s vow to end this year on an easeful note and start the new one with body positivity, self-love, and acceptance.