Step One: Look in a mirror at least once a day. Stare down your reflection and tell it, “Hey, you know what? You’re super cute just the way you are. You go girl.”
Step Two: Wear whatever you want, no matter your body type. You want to wear a crop top and booty shorts? Do it! You want to wear a bikini to a pool party? Rock it. Don’t force yourself into exercising to exhaustion and extreme diets. You’re super cute and it’s summer, so you do you.
Step Three: Eat whatever the hell you want. Don’t worry about watching your carbs so you can buy that bikini you saw; eat the carbs and wear the bikini. Have your cake and eat it too.
Step Four: Relax and enjoy yourself. Nothing screams “Summer is killing me” like a tight expression and stressed composition. Don’t worry about being too thin or not thin enough, stretch marks or cellulite, because your body is absolutely perfect just the way it is.
Step Five: Remind yourself that it’s your body. It can be hard, with all the magazines telling you to diet and run 50 miles a day, but stay strong. Don’t succumb to society’s standards. Own your body.
Step Six: Reinforce positivity to others. Telling yourself you look great makes you feel great, so tell your friends they look great too!
Step Seven: Treat yo’ self. You’re at a barbecue, you want a cupcake, your brain tells you no but your stomach tells you yes. Don’t be afraid to eat that cupcake! You’ll still look fabulous in whatever you wear, all summer long.
Step Eight: Don’t be ashamed of your summer-self! You got sunburnt? It’s fine! You hate the freckles summer brings out in you, hate the highlights it gives your hair? Other people think they look great, don’t worry about it. You’re too dark to tan at all, or you can’t tan? It’s okay!
Step Nine: Know what’s right for your body. I’m not telling you to load up on junk food and stay on your couch all summer, but don’t pass out trying to not eat, either. If you want to diet, go for it. Just keep yourself healthy at the same time! All bodies are different, all people are different, and in the long run, it’s up to you to know what you can and can’t handle.
Step Ten: The longest process; learn to love your body exactly the way it is. It’s summer, and it’s your body. Boom, there’s your summer body. No need to change anything, no extreme dieting. Just you.