Feeling the pressure to get that "summer body" ready?
Updated: May 16
Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the pressure to get that "summer body." For many, this can be a stressful and anxiety-inducing time of year. Social media bombards us with airbrushed models and toned celebrities. The pressure to conform, and change our bodies to fit these unrealistic beauty standards can be overwhelming. It leads us to objectifying ourselves, bringing us outside of our own bodies - seeing ourselves from an outside perspective. We lose touch with our intuition and ability to be in the present moment. This can lead people to turn towards unhealthy and harmful measures like extreme dieting, extreme exercise, and even behaviors like disordered eating.
There is no "beach-ready" body. Every body is worthy of enjoying summer, swimming, laying on the beach, playing in the pool - and so much more.
It's important to recognize the pressures and internal dialogue that happens when self-doubt and self-criticism creeps in. These ideals are rooted in societal expectations that are outdated, harmful, money driven, and shameful. These norms are often fatphobic and body shaming, perpetuating harmful messages to people, especially women, especially young women!
This summer, set a goal to cultivate a compassionate, warm, and positive relationship with yourself and your body. This doesn’t mean you always have to FEEL positive about your body or even like the way it looks - it means you are working towards treating your body positively and well, regardless of how it looks. That even includes treating it with respect on bad body image days. This looks different for everyone, but can include engaging in movement that feels good and energizing. It may also include eating foods that are satisfying, tasty and nutritious. YOU determine what that looks like for your own body, needs, capacity, and life.
If you find yourself struggling with the pressure to have your “summer body” ready and it’s beginning to feel unmanageable - connect with friends and family, or a therapist for support.
You are worthy and deserving of love and acceptance. We are all born worthy.