CW: mention of body image
Following the announcement of all lockdown restrictions being eased by 21st June at the earliest in England, many people have now started to think about getting themselves ‘beach body ready’ and the hashtag ‘#HotGirlSummer’ has been very prominent on many social media platforms. However, these measures are not necessary to have a fun summer and aren’t promoting the idea of loving the body you’re in.
Most of us haven’t seen our loved ones or closest friends in months. After all this time, the prospect of spending summer time together has brightened up a lot of people’s moods. But, there is still that niggling feeling that we have to look a certain way for the summer months. This happens every year, but this year it has perhaps been brought to more people’s attention because of lockdown.
However, I sincerely doubt that when you meet up with those you haven’t seen for weeks, months, maybe even the whole year, that they will even care about your size or shape. All most people will want is to have a drink together, a proper face-to-face chat, and a hug!
It’s time to love the skin you’re in, this summer more than ever, as we all need some well-deserved fun! Here are a few suggestions on steps you could take to love your body this summer:
Wear clothes that make you feel good. There’s some expectation that in the summer you need to get your legs out, show your arms in strappy tops or wear a bikini – but if none of these make you feel comfortable, don’t do it. The important thing about going out this summer is to have fun and enjoy yourself, and that isn’t going to happen if you’re constantly readjusting your clothing or worrying about what people think. Wear something that is you.
Try out a new hair colour or cut. Once the hairdressers have reopened (or if you’re feeling brave enough to give it a go at home!), you can experiment with a new look. It’s been months since we’ve been able to get to a hairdresser, so what a perfect opportunity to try something new. If you’re not 100% about a new colour, try a wash in, wash out colour or a semi permanent, so you aren’t fully committed to it.
Invest in some self-care products. During lockdown, self-care Sundays have become a huge trend, but this doesn’t need to end as the restrictions do. Making yourself feel good is key to loving yourself. Try out some new skincare products, perhaps buy a new candle in your favourite scent or treat yourself to a bath at the end of a long day.
Don’t feel the pressure from social media that you have to get ‘beach body ready’ for the post-lockdown summer. The way to get a beach body is to simply take your body to the beach.
Love yourself and your body this summer; you survived a global pandemic! Now, go have fun!
Image courtesy of Raphael Biscaldi.