As someone who used to have body image issues & lack of confidence for years, I know that it is difficult in today’s society to look at our bodies and love them just as they are. As women , especially we live under a microscope. Anywhere we look there is a different billboard, ad on tv or magazine telling us how we should look. So we start to compare our bodies with these idiotic unattainable images of beauty. Which often lead to eating disorders , depression and anxiety. It took me a couple of years of mistreating my body before I realized that if I wanted to be happy, I had to start loving myself. That is why now I can say to anyone out there struggling with an eating disorder and seeing exercise as some sort of punishment, there is a way out of all the hurt. But It takes effort , patience and willingness to first make the shift mentally, before you see it physically.
4 ways you can make peace with your body & working out .
Be mindful with everything you do. Or at least try to, the best way you can change your perspective on your body and workouts is to know what your thoughts are when it comes to food, and simply observe how they make you feel. You create your thoughts , but you are not your thoughts. They can be changed and redirect to more positive ones. When you think of working out , what thoughts or feelings arises? Going to the root of your mind by creating stillness is where you can find more clarity.
Think of your body as a friend, not an enemy. Our bodies are so magical and we don’t give them enough credit sometimes for how amazing they are. They can bend, run, sweat, move and dance. Its supremely intelligent , it knows exactly what to do with the food you eat to nourish you on a cellular level. It’s always working for you so that you’re able to thrive and do all the things you need to do. Just like a friend, you want to treat your body gently. The best way is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and try to reduce your dairy & meat intake. The foods we eat have a huge impact on how we feel on the inside and the outside. Nourish yourself with vibrant, fresh food that make you feel alive!
Think of your workouts as a celebration. We often associate working out as a way of ”making up” for something we ate or drank. See what happens if you nourish the idea of working out to feel good, instead of looking a certain way. Just like yoga , when you’re in a certain pose, sometimes the true power is not in how the pose looks like , but the way it makes you feel. A good way to do this is to find a workout that you enjoy doing and tricks your mind into thinking it is actually fun.
There is more than meets the eye. How about giving yourself credit for breathing ? The fact that you can walk ? That your heart pumps the right amount of blood for each artery , that your digestive system works for you at all times without having to think about it. Where your energy goes it’s where your energy will go as well, if you focus on the things you don’t like about yourself, chances are it will only get worse. The more you are aware of it, the more you are feeding that energy. Instead, let go of wanting to shape yourself a certain way, and start to trust the intelligence of your body. The shape/size/colour of your body doesn’t define you, but the quality of a person that you are that matter most Focus on loving and caring for your body, and it will love you right back.
”It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. ”Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
I hope these will help you as much as it helps me, feel free to share your thoughts & if you have your own tips on how to love your body , share them in the comment’s section.
love & light always,