Before I even start this post, let it be said that it took me a long time to get to where I am, and I still have a long way to go. Being [seemingly] surrounded by people that are skinny and beautiful can be a downer at times. The media portrays a certain type of body as beautiful, and when you feel like you don't feel like you fit in that standard, it can really affect your confidence.
My body positivity made a big deal in improving my mental health. Accepting that my body was worthy of love really improved my day-to-day life by a lot. I’ve started realizing that in order to help other people love themselves, I need to be an example. To help raise other people up, I need to feel like I am worth it too.
My positivity about my body has improved over the past few years, but it’s not where I need it to be. I work toward better self love and body positivity by carrying myself with confidence, being myself, and smiling. I know it might sound dumb, but when I carry myself with a certain amount of confidence, it helps me feel better, and can help me be a better example to people working toward the same goal.