Skinny Dipping: A Guide to Getting Empowered

by August 5, 2016
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August is looking like it’s going to be hot and muggy – not the best weather if you’re stuck in an office all day, so why not cool off by taking a dip in the nude? Whether you’ve gone skinny dipping before or haven’t gotten a chance to do it yet, the act of removing your clothes and jumping into the water can be incredibly freeing.

A few reasons to go for a dip this summer:

Cool off.
Around water but forgot your bathing suit? No problem, strip down, jump in the water and chill out.

Get comfortable with your body.
Who needs a ‘bikini body’ when you have a perfectly good birthday suit ready and willing to take the plunge? For me, I went skinny dipping for the first time at 17 as a declaration of love for myself. I thought, if I can jump into the river naked and feel amazing, why should I be self-conscious in my clothes walking into math class?

Bond with friends.
Skinny dipping can be nerve-wracking, but it feels better when it’s a group adventure. Getting vulnerable with close friends is great for bonding because it helps to invoke trust and solidify friendships.

Some things to remember before stripping down naked:

Long weekends, parties, camping trips and country-side bonfires are all great opportunities to go skinny dipping. Tubing down the river or a day at the beach also create ideal skinny dipping situations.

Remember a few things for skinny dipping etiquette:

What should you expect on your first skinny dipping excursion? A bit of awkwardness, a lot of giggles, some reluctance and a huge adrenaline rush.

Of course, going completely naked isn’t for everyone, so you can still get involved and be spontaneous by jumping in with some or all of your clothes on! You should never feel ashamed for not being comfortable naked.

Find a close group of friends who will make the experience memorable, safe and fun – and go for it.

What are your thoughts on skinny dipping? Let me know in the comments below!

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