Days are getting longer, the sun is coming out, bald men are in shorts again...you know what that means...Hot girl summer has arrived. However, as much as this is an exciting time, it can also be quite daunting. Speaking from experience I feel it brings out all my biggest insecurities.
Body acceptance concerns anyone who has a body. The rise of Social Media has caused many young women to suffer internally, it has twisted the idea of a realistic body type. According to Beat Eating, 1.25 million people are suffering from a form of an eating disorder in the UK. There has been a huge link between eating disorders and social media.
I want to raise some awareness with you, on a condition known as Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAAD). Which is not talked about enough. Summer is associated with happiness and a sense of freedom but for some people, it can lead them to be trapped in their minds. This is due to many reasons. Not only do we have a sharp increase in diet culture but warm weather means less clothing. I don’t know about you but when summer comes around and I have to squeeze into them shorts again from last year… multiple meltdowns occur. I cry, then I embrace it, then I go back to crying, contemplate Slimming world, then realise who has time for that? Then maybe back to a pot of Ben and Jerry's, because I am fat anyway right?
However, ladies, this is not what we need. I suffered from a severe eating disorder as a teen, and it is taking time and patience to learn to love myself. Although one of the biggest lessons I had to learn is to talk. Talk to people around you, never believe it is only you. Don’t be embarrassed by it, learning to love yourself will take time but when you do, you will glow!
As a society, I feel we can turn something so toxic into something positive. We can use our social media platforms to support and embrace both women and men. It is only in the past couple of years that as a collective, women and men have been more open to talking about their bodies, not only to themselves but to family members and friends. This is so brave, and this is the first step to becoming you, the true you.
I want to end this blog on a positive note, I want to show you all the brave and beautiful individuals that have mentally glowed up and realised they are worth so much in this world.