There is emotional strength in taking your clothes off.
Are you comfortable in your own skin?
Not long ago, I did a poll asking if you felt comfortable in your own skin and being naked. The results were 46% YES and 54% NO. I think the surprising fact from this poll is that the majority of those who voted “no” could easily do modelling.
I work with naked bodies all day, every day. I have done this for more than a decade, and it still amazes me how self-conscious men are when they’re naked in front of others. As the years have passed, it seems to have never changed or got better, in fact, it is, by my judgment, worse.
“When I come home, I actually take off all my clothes, and I wear no clothes until I leave. I eat naked. I do everything completely naked.” – Tom Ford
The human form is a beautiful thing and something we should not be embarrassed by, but instead, something we should love. Don’t get me wrong, there is always going to be something that we don’t love about ourselves, but it is part of us. People cringe if you mention the words “get naked.” Men are so afraid of it and think they will be judged. But the truth is, most people would love to have the balls to do it, so, that being said, if you did nude up, others would more than likely be talking about how heroic you were, rather than your body itself.
I’m not encouraging anyone to get naked in a public place, (unless it is a nudist beach), but if you’re at home, start by dropping your clothes and walk around naked. Sit, eat, watch TV, read a book, have a coffee on the deck, do your chores naked, sit, lay in the sun and get some vitamin D. Face your fears and embrace your vulnerability. By doing this, over time, you will become more comfortable in yourself.
Your children should see that you are comfortable in your skin as well. When you are looking in the mirror and they’re around, don’t point out what you hate about your body, but rather what you like. Although I am comfortable being naked, this is something that I’ve always been bad at, and still, to this day, I do, pointing out the bad parts of my body instead of the good, and it is a practice I need to stop. Today’s children are so ingrained with this fear, ingrained with the assumption that they must wear layer upon layer to cope with their body image. This is the age we need to be teaching them self-acceptance, not self-hate.