Body confidence affects us all at some point in time or another. But Taryn Brumfitt has the absolute best advice for getting back to being comfortable in your own skin.
Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and not liked what you’ve seen? Or been invited to hang out at the beach and been hesitant to take off your t-shirt for fear of what people might think of your body in a swimsuit?
This is an experience many of us, women particularly, will be familiar with. But Taryn Brumfitt, author and a champion of body positivity and acceptance, wants you to remember something really important.
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“The first thing to do is recognise that you weren’t born into the world hating your body,” she said in the latest episode of Body+Soul’s Healthy-ish podcast.
“You weren’t born with this chip, this negative self-talk chip, you learned this behaviour and you learned it from people and industries that want to profit from your insecurities.”
Brumfitt says there’s something very wrong with how we talk about our bodies, too. Rather than focusing on what it looks like, we need to be more grateful and love what it does for us every single day.
“I love the fact that I can see with my eyes, hear with my ears,” she says.
“Our bodies, I think we’ve forgotten, how incredible they actually are and if we could all just stop and take a pause and reflect on all the things our bodies can do, rather than focusing on all the negative talk and focusing on the way it looks all the time.’
She adds: “Feeling confident in your body is not treating it like an ornament, but a vehicle in life. It’s not the sole purpose of your life to be at war with your body.”