The group SHINE on ISU campus put on an inspirational body positivity event this month.
Body positivity is something that many college-aged young adults struggle with. Many of us feel as though our bodies have certain standards to withhold in this society. This presentation addressed these feelings while reiterating that all bodies are accepted.
“Through the National Eating Disorder website, there are 10 steps to body positivity and positive body image. Here are a few of these steps: Appreciate all your body can do, what your body has and what your body can do is a blessing. If you’re having a rough day, list 10 physical traits you like about yourself. If you really like your smile, put that down. This helps you focus on the positives through a bad day. Remind yourself that true beauty is simply not skin deep. It’s not all about how you look. Surround yourself with positive people. You don’t want to be around someone who is always negative because that definitely brushes off onto you. Lastly, shut down those voices in your head that tell you that your body is not right. There is no ‘right’ body,” said Stanton.
The presentation called for all those who attended to draw a portrait of themselves. On this portrait, they were asked to point out five physical traits that they liked about themselves and then volunteered to share these traits with the room.
“I think this was a great exercise to complete for this presentation. It forces you to speak kindly of yourself and I think that is something that a lot of people, including myself, need to work on,” said ISU junior Sydney Meyer.
A positive body image starts with yourself and how you make yourself feel about your body.
“At the end of the day, do what makes you feel good about yourself. That’s what matters. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about you, in the end it should be what you think about yourself that you should care about,” said Erin Stanton of the Women’s Resource Center.