Ways to Change the Way You Think About Your Body
We all have things on our bodies that we hate-- maybe its freckles, or cellulite, wrinkles or stretch marks. Instead of focusing on the negative reframe your thoughts on your flaws. Turn that frown upside down by thinking of some positives about those flaws. Such as, "Yes I have cellulite but that pizza that I ate was the bomb!" Or "Yes I have dark circles under my eyes, but I wouldn't take my spontaneous trips away for anything in the world."
- Reframe your Flaws
This theory is very simple with every negative thought to counteract it with two positive ones. So if you catch yourself saying something negative about yourself, such as you hate your thighs then say two positive things like my hair look amazing today or I am so blessed to have a warm bed to sleep in.
- Two ups for every down
If we start a weight loss journey, or better word "Lifestyle" then it's important to keep in mind that we are doing this to become a healthier version of ourselves not a skinnier version of someone else.
- Exercise to feel better, not to look skinnier.
Being active doesn't mean just running on a treadmill or doing 100 push-ups. Being active can be anything that gets your body to move-- Dancing, swimming, walking your dog, walking around the mall, going to theme parks, riding a bike and so much more. Movement should be a celebration of life, not a cruel punishment.
- Move for fun, not for punishment.
Not all social media is bad, in fact, it is a vital outlet in keeping up with current news, trends, and topics. Though if all we do is dream about other peoples lives to the point where we hate our own, then we are mentally not in a good place and should take a break.
- Take a social media hiatus
It's time to accept and embrace your weirdness.
- Embrace your quirks
This is my favorite thing on this list. Writing a note to my future self, the one that can run a few miles, jump higher, loves her flaws and all. Writing to her about the journey, how long it took to get there but the beauty of the season and the joy and feeling of accomplishment when I got there.
- Write a love note to your future self
This is an important step in figuring out what it is that sets you down that rabbit hole of body shame or self-hatred. Identifying the problem can help you either stay away or learn how to deal with it.
- Take note of your triggers
You are not fat. You have fat. You have feet. You are not feet. No matter your size, your body if not your defining feature. Think of all of the other traits you are-- Funny, Smart, Witty, Polite, Caring, Talented, Chef, Teacher, Good Listener, Actor, Athlete, Disney lover, Charismatic, Blogger, Fashionista, Book Worm and so much more. These are your defining traits.
- Stop letting your body be your defining trait
You are the best you that you can be...