Summer is approaching, which means it’s time to be bombarded with an onslaught of body-negative media disguised as health and fitness commercials, They will tell you that your current body is not “beach-ready”, that your bowels are slow and you’ve been eating too much. They will show you what you should be looking like. They will try and convince you that anything other than what this nameless model looks like is unacceptable, and it’s time for you to spend your hard-earned money on their product which will make you acceptable to the public.
Do not listen. They are the embodiment of that crappy ex-friend who tells you that you can’t “pull off” those shorts.
So sit back, relax. Eat the feckin’ digestive biscuit. You look fine. Do not buy into the body-shaming commercials. here are some far more productive things to do instead:
- Take a hike up a hill and watch the sun set after a sunny day. Nature is more satisfying than a “chocolate flavoured protein meal shake”.
- Take up flossing (YOUR TEETH. God).
- Make a “Getting Sh*t Done” motivational playlist to motivate you into getting sh*t done. Song suggestions: “Someday” by The Strokes, “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys and “Strict Machine” by Goldfrapp.
- Plan a festival weekend – Alt-J and The Libertines are playing at Reading, Paolo Nutini and First Aid Kit are playing at Isle of Wight and Charli XCX is doing Bestival. Rent or borrow a tent, buy some barbecue food and get gritty for a couple of days.
- Make a list of reasons why you’re awesome and deserve better from yourself. Do it seriously-sure you’ve got great hips and great hair, but you’re also a loyal friend and have a thoughtful mind. You just need a reminder.
- Take the dog for a walk and accidentally bump into another cute dog walker. Set up a date. Get freaky.
- Stop putting off the things you always meant to do or try.
- Take up a new sport.
- Do you really know your own city? Investigate events going on near you and get involved in some culture.
- Learn a recipe and make dinner for your parents one night. They raised you, dude.
- Go into a second-hand bookshop and ask the owner for a recommendation. Buy that book.
- Ring your best friend.
- It sounds really trite and overtly twee, but start a dream journal, Every morning, write down what you can remember from your dream. Look back at it a month later. What you find can actually be really interesting.
- Think about a public figure you admire and read their autobiography or a book about them.
- Find a free night and clean the bathroom from top to toe. Then run yourself a bath with all the candles, bath bombs and smelly soaps you can find and clean yourself from top to toe. Hair masks, face masks, body scrubs and massage oils aplenty.
- Stop Facebook-stalking him. You know exactly what I’m talking about, girl.
- Same goes for guys.
- When a friend starts putting themselves down, lift them back up and tell them to be kinder to themselves. Giving someone a compliment doesn’t mean you become any more or less powerful or beautiful. It makes you kinder.
- Start a blog. If you’re looking for inspiration, click here.
- Next time you go to a birthday party, bring a small gift. It could be anything. Just don’t come empty-handed.
- Buy a world map poster, put it up in your room, stick red pins in the places where you’ve been and yellow in the places you want to go
- When you start to feel overwhelmed or stressed, close your eyes,and take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you’ve been in stressful situations before and have survived them. Nothing will ever be as bad as you think it will be, but even if it is, you can handle it.
- Listen to “A Little Respect” by Erasure. Trust me.