We know that learning to love your body and accepting it as it changes throughout your life can be a difficult task. Especially with everything we are constantly seeing in the media – there are (often unrealistic) expectations that our bodies should look certain ways at certain times of our lives.

Whether it’s through changes by puberty, becoming a parent, changing jobs, injury/illness or growing older, we can all take a leaf (or 2) out of these books for befriending our bodies in today’s society.

1. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brené Brown

Learn how to stop comparing yourself and forgive yourself for not being who you think you are supposed to be.

2. The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk

Finding a way to reconnect with a disconnected body after the effects of trauma.

3. Body Positive Power: How To Stop Dieting, Make Peace With Your Body, And Live – Megan Jayne Crabbe

A way to prioritise self-love without the cringe cliches – through personal anecdotes and deconstructing diet culture.

4. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight – Linda Bacon

Based on evidence-based nutrition information – how fighting against our bodies can actually make it hold onto more weight and impact our health.

5. Come as You Are – Emily Nagoski

A non-judgemental and open look into our anatomy and how psychology impacts our sexuality.

6. Fat! So? Because You Don’t Have To Apologise For Your Size – Marilyn Wann

Learning that there is nothing wrong with taking up space and about the acceptance of bodies at any size.

7. You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

How to improve your confidence and embrace yourself fully.

8. The Self-Love Experiment – Shannon Kaiser

Finding a way to put yourself first and discover purpose in your life.

9. Daring Greatly – Brené Brown

Embracing vulnerability to become empowered in life-changing ways.

10. The Body is not an Apology – Sonya Renee Taylor

Focuses on loving your body and combatting body shaming.

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