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Beauty knows no size limit. If you’ve ever felt down or sad about your shape and size, here’s a post just for you. Body positivity is all about learning to accept and, better still, love your body just exactly where it is. So, where should you start with this journey into a healthier body image and a happier life?

Well, one of the ways to affirm your newfound positivity is to use some handy #BoPo mantras. The idea is that these short and snappy sayings will remind you how special and wonderful you are. Whenever you need a little pick me up, repeat these words to yourself.

1.  “I am uniquely me”

Think about it. There is no one on this planet who is the same as you are. You are the only one with those legs, those eyes, those shoulders. (Unless, of course, you happen to have an identical twin. If so, go tell her she’s fabulous too!) Your uniqueness is what makes you so wonderfully perfect — just the way you are. Envying other women for how they look is a waste of your time and brainpower. It’s only going to hurt you, at the end of the day. Instead, focus on yourself and what makes you so individual and glorious.

2.  “Every body is a ‘bikini body’”

There are few things are harmful in this world as the phrase ‘bikini body’. Those two little words carry so many negative connotations that we should just get rid of them altogether. Whenever the summer comes around, women around the globe strive their hardest to shed a few pounds to look right in a bikini. Well, I’m going to let you in on a little something just now…  Your body already looks right. It’s yours. It’s how it’s meant to be. Nothing more. Nothing less. Pull on a fabulous bikini and show the world what you’ve got.

3.  “Happiness is not size-specific”

Well, of course, not! There are no two ways about it. People either choose to be happy… or they don’t. Believe it or not, their dress size has very little to do with it. You can be the happiest person in the world and never once think about your body size. Or you can make yourself miserable by fixating on all that you think is wrong with it. You are perfect. No matter what size you happen to be, you are. Now, do yourself perhaps the biggest favor of your life, and choose happiness over everything else. After all, the fact of the matter is that you truly deserve it.

4.  “My body is the greatest thing I own”

Just think about all the marvelous things that your body can do. It is the vessel that carries you everywhere you need to go. Don’t be ashamed of how it looks. It’s the most valuable thing that you have and you need to treat it that way. That means loving and utterly adoring your body every single day, no matter what happens. Take the time each evening to do something positive for yourself. That may mean running a hot bubble bath or just trying out some yoga. Getting to know your body could make all the difference.

Related: What No One Tells You About Body Positivity and Self Love

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5.  “Breathe in confidence, breathe out fear”

Here’s a secret — some days, we all lack the confidence we should have. We’re only human after all. Whenever you’re having one of those worrisome moments, stop yourself. Look in the mirror, admire all you see before you, and take a deep breath. As you do so, repeat this mantra in your mind: “Breathe in confidence, breathe out fear.” You may want to repeat this act a few times before you get it just right. Nothing should hold you back from being the very best version of yourself today.

6.  “Imperfections are beautiful”

There’s not a person on this planet who doesn’t have some sort of imperfection. At times, it’s hard to remember that, but you must. Perfection doesn’t exist. Even Beyonce has flaws. And that’s okay. In truth, it’s our flaws that make us who we are and, yes, make us truly beautiful. Instead of looking at your body and counting the things you think are wrong with it, change tack. Why not take the time to look at the beauty in these imperfections? When you refocus the way in which you see things, it can change how you feel completely. What’s more, realizing that you are a thing of great beauty is one of the best lessons you will ever learn.  

7.  “Change my mind, not my body”

Contrary to what you may have thought before now, changing your body will not make you happier, richer, or more successful. Those are myths you’ve created in your own mind. Stop focusing on changing your body and instead start focusing on changing your mindset. Thinking negatively about the way you look will make you feel awful. It just will. So, quit it and quit it now. Take the time to rethink the way you see yourself. Understand that you are truly beautiful. Believe it. It’s true. Once you start to change the way you think, you will feel better than ever before. 

Related: 7 Ways To Show Your Body The Love It Deserves

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What are your favorite body positive mantras?

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Charlotte Grainger

Charlotte Grainger is a freelance writer and digital journalist. Her main areas of interest are health, lifestyle, and relationships. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, gymming, and socializing.

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