Since it’s actually sunny for a change in the UK, I thought it’d be fitting to help you guys achieve the bikini body you’ve always wanted…
My first tip is to put a bikini on. Got it on? Great – you’re half way there. Now, look down. Do you see a body? Yes? Great! You’ve achieved a bikini body.
But seriously, all jokes aside, I want to talk about this ‘bikini body’ everyone strives for and why it’s so important to people. I, like so many others, scroll through Instagram day in, day out looking at never-ending pictures of girls with seemingly amazing, modelesque bodies and wonder ‘Why can’t I look like that?’ Finally, I’ve found the answer (Hooray!) – I don’t look like them because I’m not them, I’m me. And what’s wrong with that?
Something I’ve found hard over the years is accepting that I should love myself for who I am, rather than constantly striving to be someone else. I’m not going to bore you with a rant about how people Photoshop their Instagram pictures to look a certain way and how ‘no-one actually looks like that’ because, at the end of the day, there are people who look like that. There are some people who, due to genetics, have the ‘perfect’ body. And that’s okay – shaming someone else’s body won’t make you like your own any more.
The key to achieving a ‘perfect bikini body’ is self-acceptance. I hate to be cliche, but it really is. It takes time and perseverance but the sooner you learn to accept your body for all it’s curves, bumps, scars, discolouration and anything else that’s not ‘ideal’, the sooner you’ll have that bikini body you’ve always wanted.
The beauty of individuality is that no two people are the same; I mean, let’s face it, life would be pretty boring if that was the case. You are beautiful for you. Whilst you’re scrolling down social media wishing to look like someone else, there’s another person looking at your pictures wishing to look like you. You might not believe me, but trust me it’s true.
Life really is too short to spend it longing to be someone else. There’s a whole world out there waiting for you to explore it. You weren’t put on this earth to spend your days endlessly dieting and critiquing your body, you were put here to enjoy it.
Love yourself and everything else will follow.
Lots of love,