How I taught myself to have a positive body image


Beauty is truly a state of mind, not a state of body—you can’t measure your worth by the size on your clothing or a number on the scale. Your worth is determined by what you do in life. The most beautiful people that I know are the most kind, selfless people. Their beauty comes from within and that is absolutely a result of a positive body image. When you are content with yourself, your beauty will radiate from within. Your beauty should be defined by your glowing health and happiness that will result from finding what works for your unique body and mind. Throughout my life, I have found that body image is one of the most sensitive topics brought up amongst young people—especially girls. We all know that social media is largely to blame—but that doesn’t mean you have to literally feel weighed down by those unrealistic expectations set by society. Society’s expectations of what we should look like do not have to reflect our expectations for ourselves.

Live by your own standards! Life is not perfect, but it can be perfect for you if you decide what your top priorities are and how you can achieve them in the most positive and effective way for your lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, I know that life gets in the way—between getting stuck in the airport last week because of the Northeast blizzard and college midterms, I haven’t been able to write an article or go to the gym in over a week now. Things happen, and that’s okay! You don’t have to beat yourself up about it; you just have to keep moving forward! I am not claiming to have the key to perfect self-love and body image, but here are some of the things that work for me…

  • Don’t change yourself to match society’s expectations—be in control of your own definition of beauty! Find confidence in yourself by being proud of everything you have accomplished in life!
  • Do the best you can with what you have! Strive to make the most of each day and don’t let little bumps in the road get you down. If you are having one of those days, just remember, you are never alone.
  • Don’t let magazines fool you! I remember watching a special on TV a few years ago and a famous model said, “I don’t even recognize that girl in the magazine, and it’s me!” This just goes to show that with the advanced technology today, the images depicted on billboards and in magazines are not what we should be striving for.

Strive to be the best version of YOU!

This is a post by Ashley Hampton (PumpUp:@rawincollege), a college student looking to spread the power of the raw vegan lifestyle through her positive posts and vibrant photos. Check out her blog.