8 Things I Would Love to Say to Women Who Don’t Love Their Bodies!
This article from Eat to Perform touches on a topic to which all of us can relate. I’m sure that most of us have, at one time or all the time, not felt comfortable in our skins. We are bombarded by messages from society that our bodies are imperfect and we must change our appearance or else we will never be beautiful. This is all false!
So what is the author’s advice for those of us (all of us?) who don’t love our bodies?
1.) You are beautiful.
I know it doesn’t feel that way all time. “Me? Beautiful?” But you are. My guess is that your loved ones see you as more beautiful than you see yourself. Borrow their eyes if you need to, and make a mental adjustment. You are beautiful.
2.) Whatever part of your body that you dislike? There’s probably someone else who envies it.
3.) Whoever contributed to you feeling bad about any part of your body? They were wrong.
Delete those files from your brain. Why are you saving them? You get to determine how you feel about yourself, not somebody else and their careless words. Delete those files.
4.) Try this instead: Find one good thing to say about a part of your body that you don’t like.
If you don’t like your ass, think “It helps me to squat more.” If you don’t like your stomach, think “It was a soft place for my baby to nap.” Use anything you can. The trick is to stop disparaging and start appreciating. You can’t change your body as quickly as you can change your mind. Take advantage of that opportunity.
5.) Working works better for your mind than complaining, so get up and get moving.
If you’re out of breath or you have 200 pounds on your back, it’s harder to get down on yourself. Go for a walk or a run and let nature and movement change your thoughts. Appreciate that your body helps you to do these things.
6.) Squats won’t fix everything but they’ll come close.
- Squat often.
- Squat heavy if you can.
Squats can be like magic, but you have to believe.
If you can’t squat? Find something else as potent for building mental and physical strength.
7.) You know what looks good on every body type? Happiness.
Happiness looks good on everyone. Find out how to be truly happy, and your body image will improve too. As Eckhart Tolle writes in “The Power of Now”, “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”
8.) Remember that you are not alone.
No one has avoided body image issues all of her life. We all struggle at some point. You have company. Talk to other people. Seek out the ones who have light in their eyes and seem to be really enjoying life. They can help.
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