International No Diet Day is coming up!
This annual occasion aims to promote body positivity for anyone and everyone- including all shapes and sizes.
I absolutely hate the diet industry!
Diet culture doesn't give us any chance to love ourselves, and it instead focuses on trying to sell us new weight loss products and programmes, all while spreading harmful and toxic attitudes about body size and body image.
The diet industry teaches the world that only one body type is acceptable or desirable- and we should all feel ashamed or disappointed if we can't constantly maintain a slim figure.
But this is simply not true!
In this blog post, I want to discuss how we can promote body positivity on a daily basis- for ourselves and for those around us, too.
I've included lots of information about International No Diet Day and 4 top tips to promote body confidence.
What is International No Diet Day?
International No Diet Day (INDD) is an annual celebration that encourages body acceptance and positivity for everyone. This day promotes the idea of health at any size, looking at ways that we can all be happy and healthy- rather than constantly trying to get slimmer.
Mary Evans Young first started this campaign in 1992 in the UK, but it has spread to other countries, such as the US.
It's great to see such an important day celebrated 20 years after its creation- and I'm excited to see how attitudes will improve in the future, too.
Everyone deserves to feel happy in their own body! International No Diet Day is the perfect chance to think about everything you love about yourself and celebrate body positivity for all.
4 Tips to Promote Body Positivity
Even if you accept that the diet industry is harmful- you might still struggle with body image on a regular basis.
And that's okay- it's a journey! Everyone experiences ups and downs when it comes to body confidence, especially with all the stresses and pressures of the modern world.
However, there are a few key ways to look after yourself. I've put together 4 tips to promote body positivity on a daily basis.
1. Appreciate everything your body does for you
It's so important to appreciate everything your body does for you. This can help you feel body positive and confident on a regular basis, remembering that your body does so much for you every day.
Exercising regularly can also help, as it will show you that your body is strong and able- even when you're not feeling great about yourself.
Running has really boosted my confidence over the years, showing me that I can achieve anything I want!
You could even write down a few things that you like about your body. If you like to journal, you could express gratitude for your body.
This is a great way to promote body positivity and switch your mindset so that you feel more confident.
2. Support body-positive content creators
In recent years, more and more body-positive content creators have emerged on social media platforms.
With so many edited images online, as well as pictures of the same body types and sizes in every advert or social media post, it's so refreshing to see content creators who look like us.
Whether you struggle with skin confidence or you want to see plus-size models, it's a great idea to support body-positive content creators whenever you can.
By checking out their content and sharing it, you can feel better about yourself- and you can also help them reach out to a wider audience, too.
3. Take a break from social media
Although it's great to check out body-positive content creators on social media, constant scrolling can lead to harmful comparisons between you and the people on your screen.
From heavily-edited celebrity images to pictures of friends and family- our mind is programmed to compare ourselves to anyone we see, and that can get pretty toxic!
Take a break from social media to cleanse your mind and avoid comparisons online.
4. Look after yourself
Looking after yourself is one of the best ways to promote body positivity in your daily life.
This might mean looking after your physical health, and you could enjoy a bit of exercise to help your body feel fit and strong.
This can also boost your endorphins, helping you feel happy, healthy and positive about your body.
It's also important to look after your mental health. If you're having a low day, you might be more likely to feel negative about your body.
Invest in self-care and try to reduce stress in your life to boost your mood on a daily basis.
Looking after your physical and mental health can have a positive effect on how you see yourself- and it can help you maintain a confident attitude towards your body image.
How do you promote body positivity? Do you have any tips to stay body confident? Let me know in the comments!
Love, Sarah xoxoxo