We all know that body positivity and finding genuine self-love is a journey and I have found a good way to keep my journey going is to discover fellow travelers.
So I follow loads of accounts on Instagram, I read tons of different articles, I re-pin affirmations on Pinterest, I try and surround myself with positivity as much as I can and I read books.
I have found books to be a life line on bad days. Not only do they distract me and take me out of my own bubble but they constantly teach me something.
As I have always said, it helps just a bit to know you’re not alone in anything you’re going through and feeling, and that there are many before you who have worked through it and have come out shining on the other side of it all. These books inspire me to shine and to help others shine.
They gave me hope when I felt like life was going to be miserable forever because I just couldn’t accept myself (not just my body but who I am).
These books are like confidence in paper form.
BODY POSITIVE POWER – MEGAN JAYNE CRABBE
We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but the truth is that our bodies are not the problem. How we’ve been taught to see them is the problem… it’s time for us all to stop believing the lies, and take our power back.
Megan’s body image issues began when she was five years old. She spent her childhood chasing thinness, and at fourteen found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. Then she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she’s determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are. If you’re tired of being at war with your body, then this book is for you.
With her inimitable flair, whip-smart wit and kickass attitude, Megan argues for a new way of seeing ourselves, and a world where every body is celebrated. Where there is no such thing as a ‘bikini body diet’ and 97% of women don’t hate the way they look.
A powerful call to arms as much as it is inspirational and practical, this book is the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for.
YOU DO YOU – SARAH KNIGHT
Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us struggle to live on other people’s terms instead of our own. Rather than feeling large and in charge, we feel little and belittled.
Sound familiar? Bestselling “anti-guru” Sarah Knight has three simple words for you:
YOU DO YOU.
It’s time to start putting your happiness first–and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can’t be done. And don’t panic! You can do it without losing friends and alienating people. Knight delivers her trademark no-bullsh*t advice about:
The Tyranny of “Just Because”
The social contract and how to amend it
Turning “flaws” into strengths–aka “mental redecorating”
Why it’s not your job to be nice
Letting your freak flag fly
How to take risks, silence the doubters, and prove the haters wrong
THINGS NO ONE WILL TELL FAT GIRLS – JES BAKER
THIS IS JES BAKER’S BODY-LOVE PARTY, AND YOU’RE INVITED.
Among the many Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls that you don’t want to miss:
1. It’s Possible to Love Your Body (Today. Now.)
2. You Can Train Your Brain to Play Nice
3. Your Weight Is Not a Reflection Of Your Worth
4. Changing Your Tumblr Feed Will Change Your Life
5. Salad Will Not Get You to Heaven
6. Cheesecake Will Not Send You to Hell
With her trademark wit, honesty, and rallying spirit, veteran blogger and advocate Jes Baker makes the case for embracing a body-positive worldview, changing perceptions about weight, and making mental wellness a priority. Alongside notable guest essayists, Baker calls on all people to reject fat prejudice, fight body-shaming at the hands of marketing and media, and join the life-changing movement with one step: change the world by loving your body. If you’re a person with a body, this book is for you.