Body confidence. What does it mean to you?

Next weekend, the project are hosting a whole weekend packed full of body positivity in Glasgow.

To me, body positivity means embracing and loving the body you’re in and appreciating it for what it’s capable of.

On Saturday 9th June, you will find us in Lush on Buchanan Street all day and at midday, we will do a “march for body positivity” on Buchanan Street in our bikinis.

Lush have been a lovely support and are even providing biodegradable yellow glitter for the occasion! The store will have a feel good festival feel! Also, be one of the first to try out Lush’s new ‘Naked’ range.

On Sunday 10th June, we are hosting a body positivity themed event in the fantastic Glasgow Royal Concert Hall called the ‘Body Positive Collective’.

This is a FREE event featuring a panel of wonderful guest speakers and group empowerment activities!

Don’t miss out and scoop up your complimentary ticket (which also permits one glass of fizz on arrival!) by clicking the link below while they are still available:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/body-positive-collective-tickets-45698213587

OK so my promoting nonsense is done… (I hope to meet a few of you at either or both days!), I can get to the real point of this post.

The point in this post is that from announcing I would be running a weekend of body positivity events to now, I have learned that body confidence means different things to different people.

In my mind, I always relate body confidence back to weight and the appearance of my weight. But when I put a request out seeking guest speakers regarding body confidence, weight wasn’t even an issue that cropped up.

One speaker got in touch to open up about her battles with Psoriasis. About how she used to hide herself and be ashamed of it. She told me how embracing her skin condition has brought wonderful opportunities into her life including inspiring others who have the condition to ‘own it’ and she’s even written a piece for Women’s Health!

Women then got in touch about body confidence in relation to Vitiligo, M.E, stress and a whole host of other conditions that I hadn’t even considered someone may relate to body confidence.

The planning of such an event has been a real learning process for me. I had no idea, for example, that M.E could be so debilitating. I also had no idea that confident and beautiful women hide their skin conditions from the world. It made me realise that we all have unique insecurities about ourselves and we should feel confident enough to open up about these hang ups to one another so we become more educated and aware.

Anyway, after all of this became apparent, I decided to open up the question to the project’s Facebook and Instagram followers and some of the responses have been simply magical.

Received from both male and female readers of the blog, here’s what body confidence means to you, the readers.

Thank you to everyone who responded.

Doug: “Body confidence is being able to accept what you have, watts and all. Our bodies may not be perfect but why should someone else’s thoughts on how a perfect body should look ruin how you feel about your own body?”

Pete: “Being genuinely happy with both the looks and performance abilities of your entire body.”

Kirsten: “Focusing on what your body allows you to do, rather than what it does or doesn’t look like. It can take you a walk in the park on a beautiful sunny day! It can swim in the ocean! It can embrace a loved one to show them how much you care! Every body is amazing.”

Stefania: “Accept your flaws and know that they’re completely normal!”

Natalie: “Looking in the mirror and actually liking what you see, not looking for faults.”

Emma: “Being comfortable in your own skin without any self loathing.”

Alison: “Finding peace with not only your appearance but physical and mental health.”

Hopefully you’ve taken something from what others have kindly contributed to this post. Try to be kinder to yourself. Look at all of the amazing things your body is capable of. Start to love every inch of it.

You are a miracle.

TEWP x

 

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