Have you ever worried about your negative body image? What I mean about that is the way you think about your body and what it looks like.
Come to the front of the bus if you’ve ever:
- hated your reflection in the mirror
- tried to position yourself in a photo to cover a ‘bump’ or ‘lump’?
- were mortified by a picture of yourself
- look for imperfections on your body
- went on a diet in the last couple months
- felt inadequate comparing yourself to others
- been envious of somebody with a ‘perfect’ body
If you’re nodding your head while reading those examples, you are not alone. I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately and shake my head at how much energy I waste worrying about what other people think about how I look. As the ebb and flow of life happens we are ever changing. Our mind, spirits and bodies are always in motion and if we’re not keeping things in balance it doesn’t take long for things to change on all fronts. The body is the one we focus on most though as it is the most visible. I’ve realized lately just how much time is wasted worrying about the state of our body and having a negative body issue.
It’s easy to say and not so easy to do, but if we could just focus on fixing the inside part then the outside part won’t be a problem. It’s contradictory to everything we say and do. Things like “be positive…..don’t worry what others think”. If we could actually NOT care we’d be ahead of the game on what we see in the mirror.
In my early days of going to the gym I would torment myself by internally calling myself down and projecting hateful emotions at myself. It motivated me for a while but I’ll tell you, it didn’t do a thing for how I felt about myself. So, I stopped and immediately felt more empowered than ever. It wasn’t easy to stop though because it became a habit. Imagine, a habit of hatred. How crazy is that??
How do you correct having a negative body image? It starts with watching for triggers and being aware. Here are some ideas to stop the cycle of negativity:
- be aware of the negative thoughts
- make a focused effort to insert positive reassuring thoughts
- be grateful for how amazing you are
- quit comparing yourself to others
These are just a few but you can adapt many more to change your thinking and love your body for what it is. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and regardless of the frame you come, you need to be healthy. And the physical health for you might actually start with addressing the mental health part.
Love yourself and love your gift wrapping.
Have an amazing YOUR first day!