10 Important Reminders For Bikini Season From Someone Who Dreads It

    It's really your mind you have to prepare, not your body, IMHO.

    So, you’ve probably noticed that it’s summer — and not necessarily because of the warmer temps, but because of stuff like this:

    Hi, I'm Sally. And I want to share some of the things that get me through this extra-warm, extra body-shaming time of year.

    1. First of all, let's come up with a better name for summer than "bikini season."

    2. Remember that you actually don’t have to change your lifestyle to get ready for summer.

    3. FYI: What anyone thinks about your body is none of your business.

    4. And the people who do spend a lot of time thinking about and judging your body? We call those toxic people.

    5. While we're on the subject of picking apart appearances, let's go ahead and ban that activity in your own head, too.

    6. Give yourself permission to be body positive and to have insecurities at the same time.

    7. Believe that you are attractive, and see yourself that way.

    8. Wear whatever you want.

    9. Remember that one huge benefit of having a body is sensory experience. (And that’s kind of summer’s whole thing.)

    10. Your value (on earth, to other people) doesn't have anything to do with this sack of meat and bones called your body.