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10 Empowering Illustrations That Will Heal Your Mental & Emotional Wounds with Self-Love

Body Positive Enthusiast and Brazilian illustrator creates healing art.

Anxiety, self-love, mental health
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Self love enthusiast, body positivity ambassador and self-professed lover of dogs, Marcela Sabiá from São Paulo is spreading a message of self-love through her inspiring words and stunning illustrations. We hope you love these illustrations as much as we do!

Here are 10 of our favorite illustrations that address social taboos, un-realistic beauty standards, and anxiety.

1. Love Your Cellulite

2. Girls Have Facial Hair Too

Yes we do! Marcela states that society talking about facial hair in a woman still is a huge taboo. It is like we have this image to preserve and have to keep a secret that if revealed would make us extremely disgusting to others, especially to men. This is natural and ok. You’re human and you’re still beautiful

3. Love Your Freckles

With the latest contouring trend everyone is covering up their natural appeal from birthmarks, to reshaping their noses, cheeks, and covering their freckles. Marcela states, “they are a charm and they are wonderful”

4. All Boobs Are OK

“…Body positivity does not discriminate any traits and is about loving and accepting all kinds of beauty. Breasts may be very different from one another in shape, size, nipples and various other aspects. The important thing is to see the beauty in all of them. Accept your unique and wonderful breasts. Be proud of them!”

Reposting one of my fav pieces 💗PS: I was receiving nasty and immature messages about this illustration. If you wanna tag your friends to make jokes there's a lot of cool accounts focused on humor, but mine isn't one of them. If you think boobs are funny I'm sorry but you seriously need to grow up. I love to laugh but I'm here talking about body positivity and trying to help others who are struggling to accept themselves. It's something serious and I'll stand up for myself and what I do. ✌🏻🌼🌼🌼When I exalt some particular characteristic, many people think that I am despising different bodies and this is never my intention! When I talk about big breasts I'm not ignoring the small ones. Body positivity does not discriminate any traits and is about loving and accepting all kinds of beauty. Breasts may be very different from one another in shape, size, nipples and various other aspects. The important thing is to see the beauty in all of them. Accept your unique and wonderful breasts. Be proud of them! ☝🏻PS 2: and by "ok" I mean perfectly fine and awesome 💗🌷🌷 #bopo #bodypositivity #bopowarrior #boobs #loveyourself #loveyourbody #selflove #selfesteem

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5. Flat Is Hot

“…for all of you who did not feel represented in the piece about boobs by saying that yours is non-existent”

This illustration is for all of you who did not feel represented in the piece about boobs by saying that yours is non-existent. I have several compliments to make to flat chested girls. I think it's lovely how they can wear deep necklines and become sexy or how wonderful they look in thin tank tops without a bra. I really see beauty in you and reinforce that this has a lot more to do with the state of your mind than with the size of your breasts. You're beautiful just the way you are and now you are properly represented. 💗🌷🌼 #bopo #bopowarrior #bodypositivity #bodypositive #selflove #selfesteem #autoestima #loveyourself #boobs #flatchest #ilustração #illustration #draw #drawing #doodle #dibujo #art #arte #artist #artistsofinstagram

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6. Love Your Little Booty

…I’ve seen countless women being laughed at having a little ass and I’m sad to see how society puts these women down, as if they were not complete or sexy without a big ass. As I’ve said several times, the beauty is in diversity and being beautiful goes much further than the size of your butt. Beauty is in your state of mind, in your attitude, and in how much love you have for yourself

You've already asked me to talk about little booties several times and here I am! I am Brazilian and here our culture in relation to this specific part of the woman's body is something surreal. I do not have this characteristic but I've seen countless women being laughed at having a little ass and I'm sad to see how society puts these women down, as if they were not complete or sexy without a big ass. As I've said several times, the beauty is in diversity and being beautiful goes much further than the size of your butt. Beauty is in your state of mind, in your attitude, and in how much love you have for yourself. Be proud of your beautiful little booty and never doubt how attractive and charming you are. <3 #bopo #bopowarrior #bodypositivity #bodypositive #littlebooty #selflove #loveyourbody #loveyourself #selfesteem #selfloveclub #artistsofinstagram #ilustra #illustration #ilustração #art #arte

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7. For the Broken Hearts

I posted this illustration some time ago and did not write much about it. It's hard to talk about your broken heart, especially on social media. We want to show that we have overcome it, that we are living fully, and we do not even remember the person who hurted us. Well, real life it's not like that. This is tiring and hurts us even more. My heart is still aching and I have no problem admitting it, because I am sincere and I'll always will be. If you are going through it, you are not alone and there is no right time to heal, dear. Each one has their own time and it is important to have patience with yourself. Your feelings were true and it's ok to be sad for a while, it means you have beautiful good heart. It will pass and we will live much better things, although today it seems something so far away. Do things for yourself and aloud your feelings to come to the surface. If you know a broken hearted person, give love, support and encouragement to them. It's what gives us the strength to move on. We are going to heal ❤❤❤❤🌼 #mentalhealth #brokenheart #selflove #selfesteem #inspiration #loveyourself

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8. Scars

In this illustration and post Marcela writes “Many people judge marks of self-mutilation because they feel that we should not empathize with someone who caused it to themselves. As if we were only allowed to have compassion for accidental scars but for these people only repudiation is allowed. This is not true at all.”

This illustration shows self harm scars for one particular reason that I will explain next, but I am sending love to all kinds of scars – from accidents, surgeries, violence or whatever. The special reason I highlight self harm scars is because I know there is a great amount of prejudice towards them. Many people judge marks of self-mutilation because they feel that we should not empathize with someone who caused it to themselves. As if we were only allowed to have compassion for accidental scars but for these people only repudiation is allowed. This is not true at all. To reach this extreme a person needs to be in a deep state of pain and suffering, which is enough to empathize with them. These people need to have their mental health terribly shaken to get to that point and anyone who has ever had mental problems how intense this can become. What I mean is do not be ashamed of your scars, no matter what the reason for them. They are a story told in your body, a beautiful sign that you can heal and that you have survived. Show your scars to tell the world that life goes on and take pride in how strong you are. You are a beautiful warrior ❤ #bopo

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9. Say How You Feel

10. Anxiety

Numerous recent studies have shown that millennials suffer from anxiety at a much higher rate than generations that preceded them and have been dubbed the “anxious generation.”

Marcela created this illustration and post to share her feelings and thoughts on anxiety disorder, stating: “For some time now I wanted to talk about mental health in my illustrations 💛So from today you’ll see it here! It is as natural to have mental problems as to have physical ones, it’s part of being human. Anxiety disorder is something more and more common and I myself had to learn to deal with it. Don’t be ashamed of it, get help, taIk about what and how you feel! I hope I can help people who suffer finding a way to overcome this difficulty. You’re not crazy, you’re not alone and you’re amazing for speaking about it and taking care of your mental health”

For some time now I wanted to talk about mental health in my illustrations 💛So from today you'll see it here! It is as natural to have mental problems as to have physical ones, it's part of being human. Anxiety disorder is something more and more common and I myself had to learn to deal with it. Don't be ashamed of it, get help, taIk about what and how you feel! I hope I can help people who suffer finding a way to overcome this difficulty. You're not crazy, you're not alone and you're amazing for speaking about it and taking care of your mental health 💛/ 🇧🇷 Faz tempo que quero falar de saúde mental nas minhas ilustrações e chegou a hora! Problemas psicológicos são tão naturais quanto problemas físicos e nós precisamos falar disso! Transtornos de ansiedade estão cada vez mais comuns e eu mesma tive que aprender a lidar com isso. Você não é louca e não está sozinha 🙂 vamos nos ajudar e cuidar da nossa mente! 💛 #ilustração #drawing #dibujo #illustration #mentalhealth #anxiety #anxietyhelp #art #arte #depressed #mental #desenho #saudemental #bodyandmind #mentalhealthawareness

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and one last one because we couldn’t resist!

I'll be very honest with you. As much as I'm a self love enthusiast, I still have a part of my life that needs a fresh start: my dating life. I don't really like pejorative terms and I'm not generalizing at all, I know there are nice guys out there. But in the last two years I've been dealing with a lot of "fuckboys". There are many definitions of what a fuckboy is out there, but I'll tell you mine and hope this helps you recognize them and stay away from them. To me they are emotionally irresponsible boys with no real notion of the consequences of their attitudes in other people lives. They will say things about feelings that are not necessarily true to get what they want (sex most of the time, and they will run away cowardly when confronted about it. Many show up as gentlemen at the beginning but after completing the cycle of games that they do, they show their true colors. Without much explanation, they stop giving you attention and communication is less and less frequent. When you try to say how you feel, they make you feel guilty and crazy. All to facilitate the attitude they do not want to have – telling the truth. They make you fall but then they will not be there to catch you, it was never their intention. They pretend to care about you but only care about their own ego. I've learned that they give us signals like making sexist jokes, telling bad things about ex girlfriends and having hasty attitudes that deep down we know are not natural but we fall into it because we do not love ourselves enough. I still do not love myself enough and that's why I had those experiences so far from what I truly deserved. If you identify with me, know that this is the reason this has happened to you so many times. It's easy to feel like we are the problem and be sad, but no. You are beautiful, intelligent, sincere and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, except that you have not fallen in love with yoursel yet. This will be my commitment to myself starting today and I invite you to do the same. Let's fall in love with ourselves. Block, erase the numbers and photos, do whatever it takes to do end this. You deserve a real man and with self love he will come. 💗

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