With each new year comes a new glut of weight loss fads and workout regimens, all designed to create a “whole new you.” While these diets and routines are likely designed with the best intentions, it can feel a little overwhelming to start a new year thinking about all that needs changing.
That’s why we offer seven positive affirmations, specially designed to promote self-love, self-healing, and a positive body image. Feel free to use these affirmations on a weekly, daily, or twice-daily basis. The great thing about affirmations is you can never say them too many times.
And below these body image affirmations are seven quotations regarding the maintaining of a positive body image from famous personalities, contemporary and historical.
My body is a temple. I will treat it with love and respect.
I am confident and strong in my skin.
I will not determine my self-worth based on my appearance.
I respect the characteristics and features that are unique to my body.
I will continue to love and care for my body throughout the journey of life.
My mind will not bully my body.
My body is whole and complete. It doesn’t need to reflect anyone else.
“This body is resilient. It can endure all kinds of things. My body offers me the power of presence. My body is powerful.” – Roxanne Gay, writer
“Each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms.” – Gloria Steinem, activist, journalist
“Everybody has a part of her body that she doesn’t like, but I’ve stopped complaining about mine because I don’t want to critique nature’s handiwork… My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece.” – Alfre Woodard, actress, activist
“To have that sense of one’s intrinsic worth… is potentially to have everything.” – Joan Didion, journalist, writer
“When you talk about yourself or talk to yourself… try to picture you talking to your own daughter or your younger sister. Because you would tell your younger sister or your daughter that she is beautiful, and you wouldn’t be lying. Because she is. And so are you.” – Amy Poehler, comic, actress
“Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.” – Simone de Beauvoir, philosopher, writer
“Always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?” – Tina Fey, comic, actress
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