Chloe Alverson ‘17 – A year ago, if someone were to have me stand in front of a mirror, I would immediately start picking out my flaws like weeds out of a garden. I don’t have perfectly tan skin, nor do I have perfect curves. My makeup isn’t always flawless, and my hair is usually frizzy. But, that’s okay.

  • Sun-kissed skin
  • A blemish-free face
  • A toned body
  • Kim Kardashian curves (accompanied by a tiny waistline, of course)
  • Immaculate makeup
  • Million-dollar smile (with Crest white teeth)
  • Not a strand of hair out place
  • A sharp jawline
  • Low fat, high muscle mass

These standards, which are seemingly unattainable, have been set by society. I’m not about to go on a tangent of how messed up society is. What I am going to do, is talk about body image.

Within the past year, I’ve been on a journey. Not of the traveling kind, but in the sense that I am on a journey to having a positive body image.

The first step to having a positive body image isn’t to start working out every day or eating healthy. It begins when you stop comparing yourself to others. This step is easier said than done. An important point that many people fail to realize is that there will always be someone that’s more than you, whether it be more muscular or more curvy. This is okay.

The first step is the most vital when it comes to body image. It makes or breaks the way you see yourself. You should let it make you.

“When I see other guys, I compare myself to them,” David Andrews ‘16 said. “I find things in myself that are inferior to them.”

Once you stop comparing yourself to everyone else, start being more confident in yourself and in others. Compliment people every chance you get.

Rather than looking in the mirror and pointing out all of your flaws, look in the mirror and point out your best features (yes, you do have good features).

“I feel like everyone should love their body the way it is. Everyone is beautiful no matter how they look. A positive attitude really helps. If you are beautiful inside, you will be beautiful,” Caitlyn Whalley ‘11 said.

Wake up in the morning and tell yourself at least four nice things: two physical traits and two internal characteristics. It’s a positive start to the day, and it will boost your confidence.

Another important measure that comes with a positive body image is learning to accept yourself. Accepting yourself, flaws and all, is so important. Many fail to do this. They think that since they aren’t “perfect,” they are worthless. This isn’t true.

This leads me to my next point: stop looking for self-validation in others. The moment I stopped putting my own self worth in another person’s hands is the day my life got a lot better. You don’t need someone else to tell you how beautiful/handsome you are. Although it’d be nice, you can do it all on your own.
Treat your body like a temple, and the rest will follow.

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