The holidays can be a wonderful time filled with joy, thanks, and giving to others; however, this is also the most popular time of year for ridicule, judgment, and shaming towards our bodies and others. It is important that we recognize this epidemic of body shaming so we can properly avoid it and make our holidays as enjoyable as possible. Here are a few tips for making this year an even memorable time with family and friends.
#1. Stop feeling guilty.
This season is a time for celebrations, which leads to lots and lots of good food. So why do we need to feel bad about it? Rather than enjoying the celebrations going on around us, we worry about what’s on our plate—and that is how body image becomes a problem. Have fun in the presence of those you love and stop feeling guilty.
#2. Don’t let the words of others influence your image of yourself.
You are constantly surrounded by people during the holiday season. No matter what kind of diet they are on, or even any judgmental comments people voice towards you, don’t let it keep you from having a good time. Have pride in who you are and know that no one else’s words can affect the way you feel about yourself. So regardless of what your body type is or what’s on your plate—be PROUD of who you are and all the beauty you have to offer.
#3. It’s okay to indulge, you deserve it!
Never deprive yourself of what you love or what makes you happy. Everything is good in moderation but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge once and a while. Christmas cookies and pumpkin pie only come around once a year, so take this time to enjoy them. Not to mention baking with your friends and family creates memories that will last forever. Don’t let body negativity get in the way of your favorite treats and even better conversations and memories.
#4. Focus on what the holidays are really about.
This is the season of giving and being thankful—spend your holidays doing just that. Spend your time giving back, being with those you care about, and being thankful for all you have. By staying focused on the good you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget about the bad.
#5. Stay away from post-holiday diet schemes.
The worst part about the holidays is afterward. Society creates this notion of “new year, new me,” which can be a little unhealthy for us. What’s wrong with wanting to embrace the “you” you already are? Don’t fall into the trap of extreme diet programs by thinking you went overboard during the holidays. Stay true to who you are and your inner beauty and self-love will shine through.
By Victoria James | Photo: Unspalsh.com/FreeStocks.org