This is my note to all women out there – you are beautiful, you are special!
We women are amazing beings with incredible capacities to nurture, facilitate and guide life. Women have an important and critical role in the history of the world. We are cornerstones in our families, a nurturing force in our communities, and tenders of nature. But we will never reach our full potential if we continue to submit to the negative thoughts that prey upon us telling us we are ugly, unworthy, and unwanted.
Self-consciousness, body dysmorphia, and eating disorders are modern issues that affect so many women and young girls. These issues rob us of life and lead to life-long battles with food, our reflection, and internal dialogue. Life is hard enough with all the distractions of modern living pulling at us, we don’t need to be divided against ourselves!
The human body is a marvelous vehicle for life. It is a tool, a facilitator and an interface to physical reality. Our bodies are designed to allow us to thrive to our full potential, but we must work together with the processed that form them in order to tap that potential. Our bodies are tools to be respected, nurtured, and listened to.
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Healthy lifestyle changes helped me to learn to love my body
It took me some time to fully face my insecurities and personal body dysmorphia confusion. I had many misconceptions about what a healthy body actually looks like. My understanding of individualized nutrition and unrealistic expectations of how my body should be continued for years due to misinformed and uneducated decision making.
Loosing extra weight, getting in touch with disconnected muscles, and connecting with the environment around me makes me feel healthier, invigorated and provides a better quality life. A ketogenic diet helped me loose unwanted weight, reduce inflammation, and foster a healthy relationship with food. Among other benefits, a hight-fat diet improves metabolism and balances blood sugar which helps me feel much more balanced and mentally stable.
In addition to finding a healthy balance of exercise and eating, I now know how much food my body needs and what ratios of macronutrients work best for me. I no longer over eat. The binge-then-feel-guilty cycle never happens. I do not feel random cravings or try to fill the empty pit of something that seems like hunger but is never satisfied.
Loving, appreciating, and respecting my body puts me back in the game of life, rather than disconnecting, trying to hide and otherwise feeling divided within myself – I am are invigorated, in love and ALIVE.
6 Ways to Learn to Love Your Body
Often our lack of self-acceptance is the reason hiding behind weight struggles and body image issues. Rather than point to a broken childhood, societal pressures, or the influence from popular media let’s put all these exterior influences aside and focus on what is going on in the present with you right now.
Take the first step: acceptance.
Each one of us exists in the human state – we are imperfect creations. This is a fundamental concept we must accept and integrate into our lives. In a world of airbrushed advertisements, social media snapshots, and distorted cultural pressure to be a super mom (or dad) we need to be reminded of our limitations. We need to be humbled to the reality of life.
We need to be real with ourselves.
The first step in learning to love your body is to accept it. Accept whatever flaws you may have and accept that you have to power to change them.
Change will be different for different people. It may happen through physical exercise or mental awareness to change the negative thoughts that have hounded you about your shape.
Accept your life, your health and the responsibility you have over it.
Turning the blind eye to your struggle never helps. You must face your reality, accept it and change it.
You might not have an hourglass figure, may be a little stretched out, or carry an extra 40 pounds but your body is real and it is yours. You only have one. This is the time to learn to love it.
Commit to the decision to change your ways.
The body is a reflection of daily activities, thoughts, and environmental circumstances. The physical body reflects the mental and spiritual bodies. Take charge and control over the things you can influence.
Learn, grow and overcome.
Make your goal long-term, sustainable positive change.
There is no perfect person alive today. You are not now nor ever will be perfect. You can throw out whatever false expectation or seemingly unachievable self-image you have of yourself and MOVE FORWARD.
It is not enough to hear the thoughts and see the patterns of unhealthy behavior, we must reject them completely. In their wake, the void must be filled with positive words of our beauty and encouraging motivation to continue to change.
Learn to love your body and stop picking yourself apart.
Be grateful for all the things your body does for you every single day!
Stop looking at every picture, video, or reflection and listening to the thought that cuts you down saying how ugly, fat, or bloated you are. Focus on what you want to bring out within your self, focus on your strengths.
Break the chain that holds you down.
I have learned that I can’t be afraid of what I see. Fear brings out the worst in us. It confirms and validates itself in a detrimental, self-sabotaging cycle. Be at peace with what you see, accept it, stop hiding from false judgments and take responsibility.
Without constant back chatter of negative voices like doubt and shame critiquing your every move, you can live freely and celebrate the body that you have. Become aware of the thought patterns that pull you down and tell them “NO, not here in this body!“
Tomorrow can be different.
Moving on is the only thing left to do. Now you can love and embrace your imperfections while looking to solve and improve them when and where you can! Have faith, hope and joy as you look forward.
If you need any help adapting or have a specific issue you are working on, don’t hesitate to contact us for coaching! We offer group support and individual, one-on-one coaching.
More to Help You Learn to Love Your Body:
- 10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Love Your Body– Mind Body Green
- 6 Daily Practices for Learning to Love Your Body and Your-Self– Breaking Muscle
- Quotes Celebrating Womens Bodies– Pop Sugar