1. Create a written list of things you like about yourself, both physical (e.g., eyes, hair, etc.) and non-physical (e.g., honest, dedicated, productive, etc.), and read the list everyday.
2. If you have non-physical characteristics you don’t like (e.g., dishonest, unreliable), commit to changing or improving them.
3. Take a closer look at nature (a leaf, a flower) and notice it’s not perfect.
5. Wear clothes that compliment your figure.
6. Stay away from fashion magazines (or if you can’t resist, be mindful that the models in them are air brushed and photoshopped).
7. Take the time to do nice things for your body (e.g., massage, manicure, facial, hot bath).
8. Stop being preoccupied by the number on the scale (or get rid of the scale).
9. Stop talking about your weight.
10. Stop comparing yourself with others.
11. Surround yourself with people who have a healthy relationship with food, weight, and their bodies.
12. Stop your negative thoughts and statements about yourself (cognitive therapy can help or get the book “Mind Over Mood”). Learn to say supportive and encouraging things to yourself, as you would with a good friend.
13. Identify what you can and cannot change about your body. Learn to accept what you cannot change and improve (if you want to) the things you can.
14. Focus on living healthy rather than losing weight.
15. Develop your mind.
16. Identify your top values in life and work hard to achieve, maintain, and enjoy them.
(Originally appeared on Examiner.com)