Whether we like it or not, social media and media, in general, has impacted the image of what we perceive and influenced our perceptions of our bodies, how we feel about ourselves, and self-esteem as individuals. Men and women, both consciously and unconsciously, compare themselves to what media defines as ‘perfect.’
Your body image is the way you view your physical self in your mirror, in photos, and in your mind. If you notice, it culminates on beliefs and feelings about the way you look. And there are generalisations, experiences, environment, and culture and few other influences that shape it.
At Pear Collections, positive self-reflection is important because it affects how you engage in life. Pear-shaped women are often overlooked historically when the ‘perfect’ body is concerned. This is ironic since more than half of the female population have pear-shaped bodies.
Due to this exclusion when it comes to fashion trends and cultural acceptance, many pear-shaped women struggle with self-esteem, their sense of self, and also developing negative body image issues. This is mainly due to media’s constant bombardment of their warped perception of what constitutes a ‘perfect body.’
Imagine what it would be like if we shun the negative perception of what media (and the power at be) deems acceptable or, to a certain extent, what is beautiful. Instead of focusing on their imposed artificial standard of beauty, we at Pear Collections and our Pear Community aim to create a realistically positive self and body image for pear-shaped women around the world.
Believe us, ladies, it is an incredible feeling to be able to learn to accept yourself as you are and allow yourself to love yourself and your beautiful curves. So, pear-shaped ladies, stand in front of your mirrors, say it loud and proud, and affirm, “I Love My Curves!”
It may seem like they are mere four little words, but they are powerful words since it encapsulates your acceptance of your total physical being and who you are. It can also be your springboard for loftier affirmations.
And speaking of affirmations…
Positive affirmations are specific statements we say to ourselves that helps us quash negativity and negative thought patterns. We hold and affirm positive statements to be true, though they are much more than that.
Positive affirmations encourage us to believe and visualise that our statement empowers positive thoughts to effect changes in our lives. With time, these positive manifestations overpower any negative thoughts and belief structure with everything positive, thereby enhances our positive views, confidence, and ambitions.
For example, if you believe that nothing is wrong with you and that your body is perfect as it is, you are more than likely to elicit positive behaviours that reflect that belief. Now isn’t that more favourable than inculcating in your mind the opposite and only contribute to weighing you down?
Having a positive body image creates a sense of acceptance about the way your body looks and the way it functions. We all have our own personal standards of what we consider ‘beautiful’ and as such, we can empower ourselves to find positive value in our physical appearance. When we develop a positive body image, we can then view ourselves in a relatively stable and positive way.
Why Positive Affirmations are Important
Unrealistic beauty standards didn’t start with social media per say, but it has contributed to its continuation. The sad fact is, only a handful of people belong in this narrow category, yet they receive the most likes and attention, which only reinforces the illusion that people should look a particular way.
This unrealistic view creates a gap between what someone looks like as opposed to what they think they should look like. Honey, you are fabulous as you are, curves and all. You are a unique individual that has lots to offer than what media says how you ought to look.
An unhealthy compulsion only contributes to taking away your ability to function in a healthy and positive way. This is detrimental in the sense that it impairs your ability to engage with others in social and professional settings.
There is an adage that says, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it.” Positive affirmations are a self-help strategy that puts that saying into practice. With positive affirmations, you can dispel self-doubt, self-sabotage, and fear.
Mind you, we are not encouraging toxic positivity either. Rather, we encourage you to acknowledge your reality. Plant, germinate, and nurture your own call in owning that nothing is wrong with your desirable pear-shaped body.
The best affirmations are specific because it provides your brain with a clear set of realistic guidelines and achievable goals on what to process for you.
The Benefits of Positive Affirmations
Repeating a positive, affirming statement to yourself daily might seem like an unusual way in your quest to improve your overall wellbeing. However, affirmations are seriously powerful. Keep reading to discover our top 5 benefits of using positive affirmations.
1. You become more optimistic.
By positive affirmation, you learn to be more optimistic. When you are optimistic, you begin to think differently and in effect “reprograms” your brain and give it a little workout. By practising positive affirmations, it helps in stopping bad habits and implement a new positive circuitry.
Affirmations inspire optimism because they are inherently positive statements. The power of optimism lies in its very nature.
2. Positive affirmations improve your confidence and self-esteem.
As we have already mentioned, positive affirmations on body image helps you accept yourself the way you are and stop comparing yourself to others.
3. Better quality of life.
By repeating positive self-talk, it can help in improving your way of life. This practice makes one optimistic with a clearer perspective of goals you want to achieve. Reciting daily affirmations will keep you focused and persistent in meeting them.
4. Boost your self-esteem.
The stronger your self-esteem, your self-confidence is also boosted along with it. A successful person has a high sense of self-esteem.
5. Motivates you to act and concentrate on your goals.
Positive motivations boost your desire to continue your actions in achieving your goals. With positive affirmations, it helps in keeping your mind focused towards your aspirations.
Benefits such as these are only a few examples. To help you along, check out our Love Your Curves Affirmation Pack. The package contains 52 Affirmation cards to help you with a positive affirmation card you can focus on for each day for a week for an entire year and improve your sense of self-worth.
Remember, your body is perfect the way it is and there is no reason for you not to be comfortable in your own skin.