What do you see when you stand in front of the mirror and look at yourself? Do you see a strong body that has created beautiful babies or do you see a belly full of stretch marks?
Do you see a healthy body that has run a half marathon, or an injury-free body that gets you running up and down flights of stairs to your office or apartment each day or do you see thighs you wish were 2-3 inches smaller than they are?
We are constantly comparing ourselves to others, and with social media at our fingertips, it is easier than ever to find continual fault with our bodies and pick apart the way we look. We have to put a stop to this unhealthy self-talk and trash talk. I call it trash or garbage because that is exactly what it is and it STINKS!!
It’s time to stop comparing, stop the self-loathing and start to love and appreciate our bodies for carrying us through this crazy life with grace. We know that this will not happen overnight, but hopefully, with a few tips to follow, you will be on a much better path to loving yourself a little bit more every day.
Be Grateful for Your Amazing Body
Your body is your temple and it has grown into who you are today. Why are we so quick to hate on our bodies that have gotten us through each and every step of our journey up to this point? Be grateful for all you have been blessed with...for your legs that can walk and run and take you all sorts of places, instead of criticizing them for not looking the way you think they should.
Thank your arms for being strong enough to hold your kiddos or to hug your spouse instead of complaining about them being flabby or having extra skin that flaps around. Whenever we come from a place of gratitude, there cannot be hate or disgust at the same time. Switch your mindset and self-talk to grateful, positive things and it will do wonders for your confidence and self-esteem. Consciously feed your mind with loving thoughts and kindness and you will start to actually believe it and see just how unbelievably amazing your body actually is.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
Comparing ourselves to others steals our joy, and as stated before, social media makes it way too easy to do just that. God made each of us unique, - a masterpiece, and every single one of us is special. If anything on your social feed makes you feel anything “less than” what you are, get rid of it! Stop following, stop reading the comments and buying into the B.S. Life is hard enough...we dont need more negative crap adding to it.
Exercise To Feel Energized
Exercise to feel good. It should NEVER be a form of punishment for something “bad” you might have eaten. Exercise because of the way it makes you feel, because you love it. When you focus more on exercising because of the way it makes your body FEEL rather than the way it makes you LOOK, you will start to enjoy it that much more.
Look Past the Outside Appearance
Unfortunately, many of us have been conditioned to see what is on the outside first. Start to recognize the non-physical traits about your friends that you love. As you start to pay attention to these internal traits and place them on a higher pedastal, so to speak,you will ultimately begin to recognize them in yourself as well. Enjoy the amazing person you are!! Self-love is a process and, inevitably, there will be ups and downs/good days and bad. Try to finish each day being grateful for the strong, beautiful body that you live in and that has carried you this far! After all, you only have one so why not ROCK it?!!