Do you have a positive body image?
Are you confident in your own skin?
Accepting yourself doesn’t come easy to everyone, I’d venture to guess it isn’t easy for most of us. We often think “If I can just lose weight,” “If I could just follow this diet,” “If I could just make it to the gym more,” “If I could just ______ fill in the blank” I’d be happy. “If I sacrifice now, I’ll be happy later.” We have so much negative self-talk it can be really hard to be happy with who we are and our bodies.
What is wrong with being happy now?
Would you be friends with somebody who said all of the terrible things about you that you are saying about yourself? – NO!
Did you know that our feelings have a significant impact on our health?
When we feel bad about ourselves or have a negative body image we seek external comfort. For a lot of us, we get that comfort from food or another negative vise. Which is not very constructive in helping us feel better about ourselves.
If I love myself I have a strong desire to take care of myself — mind, body & soul. I don’t need to seek out other means of comforting myself because I have accepted myself & I have a positive self-image.
So, How can we work on our self and our body image?
- Make a list of all the positives about your body, your personality, talents, gifts, etc. If you can’t find a positive at the moment about your body image try listing the innumerable and wonderful things your body is capable of doing.
2. Start a body gratitude journal. Or if it isn’t your body use have an issue with what area is it? Write a gratitude journal about whatever it is you are battling with.
3. Let yourself off the hook. If you stop striving and obsessing over having an overly thin body you will find happiness in other things. Which in turn leads to feeling more attractive and that naturally leads to a healthier you. ie. less stress, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, increased activity and overall self-esteem.
4. Listen to your body. Listen to the inner cues to eat when you are hungry, not bored or depressed. Practice self-acceptance instead of calorie counting. This takes some time and being more mindful. (more on that coming soon to the blog)
5. Don’t weigh yourself every day! Just stop doing it. The scale doesn’t measure your self-worth.
6. Stop trying to achieve an unrealistic weight that is too low. This will sabotage your happiness. We feel like failures when we can’t meet the impossible goals we have set for ourselves. Or if we do perchance meet them we are unable to maintain that weight because that lifestyle is too extreme or doesn’t really fit into how we want to live our lives long term.
As we begin to have a better body image, are confident in our bodies, and have a higher self-esteem I think you will be pleasantly surprised how natural it is to make healthier choices.
What is something you love about your body? Share in the comments below. (even if it is just your pinky toe 😉 )
I love how my body is able to produce food to nourish another human being.
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