How to Become a Nudist
There are numerous advantages to the nudist lifestyle, including the pleasure of feeling the sun all over your body, no tan lines, and the healthy self-confidence that naturism reflects.
Many people are ready to try nudism yet don’t know how or where to practice it.
Start with Step 1 below to increase your comfort with nudism and help you find ways and places to spend time nude, or (if you need more specific advice) check out the sections listed above.
Method 1 of 3: Understanding Nudism
Recognize that nudity is natural. We are born naked and it is our natural state. Clothing keeps us warm and is often necessary to wear in public, but that doesn't mean it needs to be worn at all times!
There's a time for letting your natural self just be.
Imagine the freedom that will come with feeling the air and sun touch your skin everywhere, not just places that are normally exposed.
Get to know the purpose of nudism. Nudism, also called naturism, is about more than the simple act of being nude; it's also about getting closer to nature. In your natural state, there are no boundaries between yourself and the natural world. How freeing and exhilarating would it feel to lie naked on the beach, or under a tree, one with the natural world and comfortable in your own skin? People choose naturism to reach this particular height of happiness.
Know that nudity isn't always sexual. Yes, people have sex naked, but nudity itself does not have to be sexual.
Revealing clothing is often more sexually suggestive than being totally naked, since it leaves more to the imagination.
If you're worried that becoming a naturist means you're opening yourself up to unwanted sexual encounters, know that for many naturists, it's about being free and natural, not lecherous.
• Being a naturist is not about having public sex or exposing yourself to others. Many naturists are modest people who choose naturism for the above reasons, and not in order to sexually connect with people.
• That said, nudity can be pleasing to the senses in a sexual way.
The feel of air or water flowing uninterrupted across your entire body awakens the senses and may be arousing.
This is healthy and natural. You should not feel ashamed to have or explore these sexual feelings.
Suppressing sexual feelings is unhealthy in general, and suppressing them in the context of naturism negates the healthy benefits of a naturist lifestyle.
Method 2 of 3: Practicing at Home
Not topless or in your underwear, completely naked. Sleeping naked promotes relaxation and thus improves the quality of your sleep.
On warm nights, sleep naked and skip bed-coverings, too, and see how good you feel fully exposed to the open air.
• If you find sleeping naked difficult, work your way up to it. Shed one piece of clothing, for example your pajama top, and when you’re accustomed to sleeping without that, shed the next piece, and so on until you’re sleeping nude.
• Try opening a window near your bed (keeping the blinds closed) to let a breeze in.
Remember that part of being a naturist is to feel closer to the natural world.
Spend as much time as you can around the house naked.
Stay naked after a shower. Towel dry and go about the rest of your routine naked.
Advance to being naked while you’re eating, while you’re cleaning, and especially while you’re relaxing, be it in front of the TV, with a good book or sunning in your backyard.
• If you exercise at home, do it naked, unless it's uncomfortable not to wear a sports bra.
• Remember to respect others' boundaries when it comes to nudity.
When you're naked in your house, keep the blinds and curtains closed.
Don't sunbathe nude in the yard unless you have a high privacy fence.
Talk to your partner about nudism.
Being naked in a nonsexual way with your partner may take your intimacy to the next level, plus it means you'll be able to stay naked when he or she is in the house.
Discuss whether this is something you could explore together.
If your partner isn't into it, ask if he or she would be comfortable with you doing it by yourself.
Method 3 of 3: Joining Nudist Communities
Locate a nudist community.
An online search will help you locate your nearest nudist club or beach.
Once you’re comfortable being naked at home, take the next step and visit the naturist community.
Be sure you know the rules and expectations of the community before you go.
• Don’t let feelings of inadequacy hinder you. Once you visit a nudist community, you’ll realize that everyone is different in some way and that none of it is wrong. The visitors aren't worrying about their bodies, or yours, they’re simply there to enjoy the pleasure of naturism in a friendly environment.
• Some nudist communities encourage sex. Be aware of whether that's something you want to experience before you show up.
• Participate in online forums. These can be great resources for people who want to discuss the life of a naturist and swap information on good naturist destinations.
Take a nudist holiday. France is an excellent nudist destination, famous for its nude beaches. If France is too far, closer to home you should be able to find clothing-optional resorts, natural mountain hot springs for nude soaking, and skinny-dipping spots.
Continue to be naked whenever you can. Check out your local laws regarding being topless in public, including at parks, swimming pools and at the beach. Likewise, you can participate in one of the fun naked bike rides that take place the world over. Go nude where it is appropriate, hiking, nature reserves. Be comfortable with yourself and by experience one can go nude as long you don't upset other people.