The Psychology Behind the “Bikini Body” — And Why You Should Avoid the Obsession
Spring is finally and officially here. We can say hello to longer days, more sunshine and, of course, spring break. Whether you’re a student gearing up to throw an epic spring break party or you’re part of the post-college crowd on the hunt for some relaxing spots, chances are you’ve been hearing the growing buzz about getting a “spring break body.” What is it about this particular vacay that makes us all go a little cray trying to get (as women’s magazines have historically labeled it) “bikini-ready”?
According to Dr. Kelsey Latimer, lead psychologist at the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Health in Plano, most universities and treatment centers recognize the weeks leading up to spring break as a time of risk, and increase their programming. In fact, the University of Alabama recently reported that spring break is “the prime time” for eating disorders to flair up on college campuses across the nation.
The inner critic in us all might be looking to YouTube for beach bod workouts, going to the gym a few more times than our typical routine or chatting with our besties about new diet trends to try. “When asked what started their eating disorder, an overwhelming number of patients in our center answer something to the effect of wanting to change their appearance for an upcoming event, such as the beginning of the school year, getting ready for swimsuit season or spring break,” said Dr. Latimer.
But with skimpy clothing lining retailers’ walls and our Instagram feeds filling up with beach scenes, it’s human to go there. Dr. Latimer adds, “In our society, our self-esteem is very strongly linked to our body-esteem, and this can set us up for feeling very negatively about ourselves if our bodies do not look how we want them to.”
You can enjoy your vacay without allowing body dissatisfaction to affect your time away. Dr. Latimer suggests that we try to remember that vacation is a time to be enjoyed. “Fearing how you will look in a swimsuit is taking us out of the fun of the moment and placing us in the anxiety of our mind. It is important to remind ourselves that other people are not focusing on your body as much as you may feel they are. It is also helpful to remember that you’re not the only one who worries about how they look in a swimsuit.”
Dr. Latimer notes that the worst moments are in our mind. Put simply, she suggests that you do you. “Wear what you’re comfortable in.” Amen to that.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)