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Hey there, fellow moms! This is Jessica, your friendly blogger from the West Valley Moms Blog. Being a mom myself, I completely get how motherhood can be an emotional rollercoaster ride. From those sleepless nights and tantrums to the inevitable messes and those precious moments of love and bonding. But you know what else? There’s another aspect of this journey that often challenges us – our bodies.
Today, I’d like to dive into a subject that holds a special place in my heart – body positivity.
Understanding Body Positivity
The body positivity movement promotes the idea of accepting and valuing our bodies, regardless of their shape, size or appearance. It encourages us to reject society’s beauty standards and embrace our bodies, including all their imperfections.
Body Positivity and Moms
As mothers, our bodies experience a multitude of changes. From pregnancy to breastfeeding and the inevitable lack of sleep, these factors can have an impact on our physical well being. We witness transformations and sometimes find it hard to recognize ourselves in the mirror. The media and society often impose unrealistic standards of what a “perfect” body should be like, contributing to our own insecurities and discontentment with our bodies.
The Media Influence
The media has a significant impact on how we perceive beauty. We are constantly exposed to images of supposedly “perfect” bodies, whether it’s the slim models on magazine covers or the flawless moms on Instagram. However, it’s important to remember that these images are often manipulated and do not reflect reality.
Fortunately, there has been a noticeable change in recent years when it comes to representation in the media. We are now seeing more diversity in body types, with an increase in plus size brands and inclusive campaigns. Television shows and movies are also featuring plus size protagonists in positive roles, challenging the stereotypes associated with larger bodies.
The Issue with Body Positivity Movement
While the body positivity movement has made significant strides, it’s not without its issues. The movement has become commodified, with brands and public figures often using it for personal gain. This has led to the exclusion of certain body types and sizes, particularly larger bodies and ethnic minorities.
Furthermore, the movement has created its own standard of beauty, focusing on “acceptably fat” women with hourglass shapes and high cheekbones. This can make those who don’t fit into this narrow definition feel left out.
To promote inclusivity within the body positivity movement, it is crucial to foster allyship and embrace diversity. Individuals who have smaller bodies can utilize their platforms to uplift and amplify the voices of those who are frequently marginalized. Additionally, it is essential for us to witness greater representation and diversity both in the media and among those working behind the scenes.
Promoting Body Positivity in Our Daily Lives
So, how can we promote body positivity in our daily lives? Here are a few tips:
Begin by acknowledging and cherishing your body for the incredible things it enables you to do. It empowers you to move, breathe, experience joy and above all, it has blessed you with the gift of bringing your wonderful children into this world.
Surround Yourself with Positivity
Evaluate your social circles. Do they uplift you or bring you down? Surround yourself with people who appreciate and respect diverse body types.
Clean Up Your Social Media
Unfollow accounts that emphasize unrealistic beauty standards. Instead, follow accounts that promote self-love, acceptance, and overall well-being.
Exercise is not just about changing your body; it’s about feeling good and maintaining your health. Find an activity that you enjoy and makes you feel good about yourself. Personally, I like to run on desert trails early in the morning before it gets too hot. I lost most of my baby weight running an hour a day.
Talk About It
If you’re struggling with negative body image, reach out to someone. You’re not alone, and there are resources and professionals who can help.
Hey moms, let’s stick together on this journey. It may not always be smooth sailing, but it’s crucial to acknowledge the beauty of our bodies just as they are. So, let’s cheer for our amazing bodies with all their unique qualities and flaws.
Because at the end of the day, we’re more than just moms. We’re fierce warriors.