Today聽is International Nude Day (yes, it鈥檚 a thing) and to celebrate, we wanted to take some time to remind ourselves how badass our bodies really are. Even science says loving your body is the key to happiness. And while we聽love these confidence-boosting books,聽sometimes we need a little bit more to keep our self-esteem levels high.聽Luckily, there are women like Los Angeles-based self-esteem expert Anea Bogue, M.A., B.Ed, who come correct with the kind of body image knowledge we can definitely use. Below, you鈥檒l find five聽super simple and effective tips on how to banish the body blues, no matter what day it is.


1. Get fierce. 鈥淚f you ate something and it didn鈥檛 taste good, you鈥檇 spit it out, right?鈥 Bogue asks. 鈥淭he same is true for the images we鈥檙e constantly looking at on Instagram and in magazines. If it doesn鈥檛 make you feel good 鈥 unfollow.鈥 It鈥檚 a freeing concept, realizing that you don鈥檛 have to torture yourself with those Photoshopped images of 鈥減erfect鈥 women and can simply just stop looking at them. 鈥淭hose images are designed with the purpose of making women feel bad about themselves so they鈥檒l buy the product,鈥 Bogue reminds, so be the gatekeeper of your own temple and decide you鈥檒l only allow positivity to cross through.

2.聽Get inspired. Instead, Bogue suggests聽seeking images of un-Photoshopped, real women, no matter their body type or age. She loves Cindy Crawford鈥檚 recent stripped-down shots, or plus-sized model Ashley Graham鈥檚 cellulite-friendly Insta feed. Surrounding yourself with images of real women鈥檚 bodies will help you feel connected to a community and can inspire you to embrace your own body, free of judgement.

3. Learn how incredible your body is. 鈥淲e are responsible for the continuation of the species, after all,鈥 Bogue says. Yeah, when you put it that way, our bodies are pretty incredible! She suggests taking time to think about 鈥渉ow phenomenal our bodies really are.鈥 She even wrote this eye-opening piece on the power of the period聽to emphasize her point. Knowledge is power, and power is confidence!


4. Get on that positive self-talk tip. Bogue swears by a simple meditation to help immediately boost your self-esteem. Every morning, take a scan of your body from your toes to your head and thank each body part for what it does for you. After reminding yourself that your feet allow you your daily runs, your arms let you hug your friends and your brain got you that sweet corner office, you鈥檒l feel 鈥渁n immediate difference鈥 in how you feel about your body.

5. But don鈥檛 hesitate to rely on a friend. With that said, Bogue understands that 鈥渋t can鈥檛 all come from within you,鈥 and encourages women to find a friend who they can be completely open with, who they can call and say 鈥淚 need a reminder!鈥 Let that friend motivate you and remind you of all the reasons why you鈥檙e a total babe with a killer bod. It鈥檚 just like having a gym partner, but for your body image.

Do you have any fool-proof ways of beating the body-conscious blues? Tweet us @BritandCo and share your tips!

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