Hi friends! Hope you all had a lovely Independence Day weekend and that you're slowly getting back into the swing of things. Summer is often a time of stress for those who struggle with body image woes. With all the swimsuit action and body-baring outfits, it's all too common to think bad thoughts about our bodies. Let's change that this summer and live guiltlessly through these warm, sunny months! Here are a few tips on how to stay Guiltless this summer:
1. Just say NO to fat talk!
Instead of asking yourself, "do I look fat in this?" tell yourself, "I look fabulous in this!" If you feel it, you'll be it.
2. Wear that swimsuit confidently!
Don't let that swimsuit fear get to you! Join Curvy Girl and Land's End in National Swimsuit Confidence. Bring it, Bikini!
3. Sweat once a day.
Exercise keeps us healthy and happy. Get some of those good endorphins going with your favorite activity! Or take advantage of the warm weather and try something new! Kayaking? Tennis, perhaps? The sky is the limit!
4. Color your plate.
One of the best things about summer is the fresh produce available. Go to your local farmer's market and pick up a colorful array of your favorite fruits and veggies!
5. Take a break.
Leisure time is SO important. When you're feeling tired or run down from the hectic schedule that is your life, take a break! Lay in the sun by the water, or bring a picnic to your favorite shady spot. Whatever you do, don't get down on yourself for taking some "me" time.
6. Read a book.
It's always nice to get lost in a good book. When you're involved with the characters and the story, everything else tends to melt away. Up next on my list: A debut fiction novel called Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry. Anyone read it yet?
7. Have fun!
Summer time is fun time. Kick back with your friends, have a fruity cocktail, and soak in the slow days of summer.
Be well, and enjoy the day!