Body neutrality is exactly what it sounds like. It is the idea of taking a neutral stance toward your body, rather than the two extremes we typically fall back upon.
The stance that body neutrality promotes, is a middle ground between body positivity and body negativity. And it can assist you in reframing the way you look at yourself.
The body neutral movement does not encourage people to just blindly decide to love their body one day. After all, that’s quite unrealistic. Instead, the movement recognizes the importance of freeing yourself of overwhelmingly negative thoughts about your body.
How can I become more body neutral?
Adapting a body neutral framework won’t happen over night, it will be a slow progression, but you will feel the changes. Although it may seem weight-focused, body neutrality is something you can apply to the way you look at your appearance in general.
My top tips:
Reframe the way you look at and speak of your body
- You are so much more than just a body.
- You exist beyond your appearance. Ask that those around you refrain from commenting on your appearance, unless you personally invite them into having that conversation with you.
- Your goals, especially health and fitness related, do not have to have anything to do with how you look.
- Reframe the criticisms you make of your body into acknowledgments of what your body has done for you.
- Dress yourself how you want to dress. Wear what feels good and comfortable to you.
Move your body in ways you enjoy
- Movement and exercise are not just about weight loss.
- You can have movement goals that do not revolve around changing your body.
- Movement should be something you enjoy, not a punishment to you and your body. If you don’t like an exercise or it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
- Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
- Stop feeling guilty about eating the foods you crave.
- Stop thinking about how food will change your body, instead appreciate that you are giving your body what it needs.
Body neutrality – Is that it?
For some, body neutrality is that comfortable place where they can begin to heal and remain, for others its a stepping stone on their pathway to body positivity.
Wherever you’re at, or wherever you want to be, I say it’s a great start.
For more reading on body neutrality, check out this post by Columbus Park Eating Disorder Experts: https://columbuspark.com/2017/03/29/five-ways-to-take-a-body-neutral-stance-everyday/
Check out my other posts on body acceptance here: https://www.whollygenna.com/