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5 Ways to Stop Stressing Over Having a “Bikini Body”

By Kaitlin Irwin--Are you stressing out about beach season and all the talk about getting the perfect “bikini body?” Our society is definitely obsessed with achieving a specific body shape, and it’s messed up—but there are things that you can do to combat that obsession and make this summer much less stressful. Here are five tips that will help you rock the summer while being undeniably you.

1. Take a cue from body-positive influencers.

Body-positive bloggers and Instagrammers are becoming more and more popular, and it is doing wonders for individuals everywhere. Whether you feel ashamed of your perceived “flaws” and “imperfections,” or worry about showing skin in a swimsuit in front of your friends and family, take a cue from some awesome body-positive social media profiles. The photos and posts abound with inspirational messages that reflect true beauty and confidence, no retouching necessary.

2. Appreciate what your body does, not how it looks.

Our bodies are incredible! When was the last time you thanked your body for walking you to class or work, being strong during an illness, or continuing to work hard for you even when you didn’t take care of it? Even when you aren’t loving your body, your body is doing everything it can for you. When you consider that, it kind of gives you a whole new appreciation for that bod of yours, doesn’t it? So take a good look at yourself and admire your legs, arms, chest, back, everything. Realize what they do for you and you’ll begin to see the natural beauty and wonder of your shape.

3. Have fun swimsuit shopping!

Yes, shopping for a swimsuit or just a beach outfit in general can actually be enjoyable, as long as your mindset is in the right place. Forget about sizing and tags, as well as “dressing for your shape.” Instead, think about your favorite colors, patterns and designs. These days, swimsuit options are virtually limitless, with mix-and-match pieces, beachy accessories, and the cutest cover-ups I’ve ever seen. There are loads of styles as well, from high-waisted bottoms and flounce tops to structural one-pieces and even vintage fashions.

4. Celebrate the diversity of bodies.

Newsflash: a bikini body is simply a body with a bikini on it. That means that there are infinite ways to have a “bikini body.” It takes the pressure away, doesn’t it? Celebrate the diversity among you and your friends and stop worrying about being a cookie-cutter replica of a mannequin (they’re so stiff anyway!) You are a living, breathing masterpiece and there is no other body quite like yours. That sort of makes me want to show off a bit, how about you?

5. Focus on the beach, not the “beach body.”

Come on, who doesn’t look forward to hitting the beach or the pool on a hot summer’s day? Rather than focusing on how you’ll look, consider how you’ll feel. The sensation of the sand between your toes; the warm rays of sunshine hitting your back, the ocean breeze blowing through your hair...these are the things that we love about the beach. It doesn’t matter whether we are in a bikini, a one-piece, swimming trunks, or an oversized T-shirt. What matters is that we are enjoying ourselves, letting loose and appreciating a day of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors.

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