By Carla Feagan, Special for USADT
Summer is a time of sun, sand, beaches, pools, bikinis and bathing suits. It can also be a time of angst where one takes a closer look at their own body and sees flaws. Maybe it’s time to learn some lessons from people who lead happier lives without body issues.
Sadly, research states that having a negative body image is a global epidemic which mostly stems from exposure to unrealistic media-based idealized bodies. When we compare ourselves to images that we cannot hope to attain, webecome unhappy with our bodies and ourselves.
A University of London study found that people who partake in nudist or naturist behavior have much happier lives. Being surrounded by the perfect imperfection of normal bodies in all shapes and sizes takes away any unhappiness resulting from comparisons to a perfect body, which leads to a happier life.
As an extreme introvert, I am always looking for ways to push my boundaries. So, when I was offered a free ticket on a Nude Cruise to the Caribbean, I pushed aside my fears and jumped at the offer. Having 2000 naked people show you what total body acceptance is, makes one change the perception of their own body. It was one of the best experiences of my life and made me look at my body with love rather than unhappiness and dread.
International Nude Day is an annual holiday that is celebrated on July 14 in over 30 countries. On this day, people remove all of their clothing to celebrate the human body in its original raw beauty. A day where everyone can participate by wearing their best birthday suit, no matter what size or shape they are. It is time to be proud and let go of those negative body issues and fall in love with the person within!
Carla Feagan is a sought-after speaker, certified coach on The 7 Steps to Reprogramming Yourself and author of A Life Worth Living; The Journey of an Authentic Soul. With only a limited education, Carla rose to acting CFO of an airline and a hospital, owned two businesses, and managed Microsoft partner channels internationally. She has over 20 years of research in recovery to overcome traumatic past and ingrained beliefs. Carla currently lives and works from gorgeous, palm-tree lined Playa del Carmen, Mexico. www.carlafeagan.com