Since the beginning of time, the natural state of human beings has been one without clothes. Clothing came after human beings had the revelation of nudity:
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.Genesis 3:6-7
Now, I love clothes as much as the next person, especially in the winter; However, what if I told you that there were benefits to wearing them less often? Living a minimal clothing lifestyle can promote mental, physical, and emotional health.
There can be an inherent sense of shame associated with one’s natural state. Aside from the pragmatic purposes of wearing clothes, sometimes we cover up our physical bodies to protect our emotional selves.
Getting comfortable with being in your natural state can improve your self-confidence. When you are accepting of yourself, you put yourself in a position to be accepted by others. We can get so caught up with the fear of being judged to the point that we will diminish our individuality.
Acclimating to your natural state can help you become more secure in who you are. Positive self-esteem comes from feeling good about yourself, knowing you are supported, and not being bashful about who you are.
When you are naked you are forced to face yourself, literally. This is called vulnerability. Humans do not like feeling vulnerable because we fear rejection. Self-esteem improves when one learns how to stop rejecting themselves.