"Body anxiety isn’t just about your unique experience with summer; it’s about a very long history of summer being a fucked up time of year for people of color, poor people, and fat people."
1. Recognize that body anxiety has deep historical roots in the culture. You’re not a failure if you feel body anxiety.
2. Throw a planning party for one (or more).
3. Before summer outings, do a “Set & Setting Check.”
"We get all these messages that summer 'should' feel fun and simple. If it feels hard, it’s because some part of the experience brings up memories or anxiety that are founded in real experiences and emotions that actually matter. "
4. Please don’t gaslight yourself. Your feelings actually do matter.
5. There’s a difference between intellectually believing that “every body is a beach body” and feeling like you’re ready to wear a bikini at the beach. You don’t need to be a body love warrior.
6. Try to focus on how you feel, not how you look.
"Accepting — and taking care of — our emotions, trauma, memories, and anxieties are also integral parts of body positivity."