5 STEPS TO LOVING YOUR BODY
We talk a lot about how we ‘should’ be loving our bodies, in theory we all agree, yes? But where do we begin?
1. IMAGINE IT’S NOT YOURS.
This may seem strange but women are selfless creatures. Look after your body the way you would your child or loved one, this is important. We women are great at providing nutrition for others and maintaining their good health – so quite simply – apply that same rule to yourself… this is the point you may realise you’ve been punishing your body for years. It is a very sad truth and it stops now.
2. ENJOY YOUR TREATS.
Following on from number one, balance is everything but oh my, a little bit of what you fancy really does do you good. Allow yourself your treats and instead of rushing them down guiltily actually savour, enjoy and feel like you deserve them. There is science to back this up; guilty and anxious eating creates stress hormones which actually LAY DOWN FAT in your fat cells. Smile and enjoy your food ladies, it has been proven to change the way your body deals with the calories.
3. LOOK AGAIN.
Start seeing your body with fresh eyes. Try to imagine what you would see if you met yourself for the first time and make sure these thoughts are kind and positive. Judging other women’s bodies negatively is as bad a habit as doing it to yourself. It all has to stop. Look for all the amazing things your body does. If you can do this in a mirror every few days you will be astonished at the benefits.
4. NO MORE WAITING.
Buy yourself the new clothes NOW. Not when you are thinner, fitter, whatever. You must accept your body as it is before you can really make any long-term positive changes. Separate your self-worth from your weight and your looks and you will start to experience a wonderful thing called peace. Your self-worth will rocket and in turn any changes you feel you do need to make will be so much easier.
5. SEPARATE YOUR BODY IMAGE.
This one needs to be repeated because it is the actual crux of this whole exercise. SEPARATE YOUR BODY IMAGE FROM YOUR SELF-WORTH. They are not the same thing. You are not your body, your body is a part of you. An important part but only in that it’s allows you to live a free and happy life. Everything else is a bonus.You may feel like looks are important to the world but in reality they are not. Do not allow the way you look to occupy more than a small percentage of your thoughts.
…Remember, you are not trying to convince yourself that you are beautiful by society’s standards, you are trying to accept yourself the way you are and realise that imperfection is everywhere.
When you love yourself and look after yourself despite any body image issues you may still have, you are winning at this game called life.
When you realise that nobody ever, EVER, feels truly physically perfect you are one step further again.
When you start to enjoy your ‘flaws’ because they are very much a part of YOU, then you, my dear friend, have made it all the way.