“You’re too fat.” “You move too slowly.” “You never look good in the latest styles.” “You would look so much better if you could shave a few inches off your hips.”
Can you ever imagine saying those things to a friend? But can you relate to saying them to yourself? We often use our harshest words and land our hardest criticisms on ourselves. It’s time to stop it. It’s time to treat ourselves with as much kindness and positivity as we do our friends and families. This month, let’s stop doubting ourselves and start focus on loving and caring for our bodies. Here are a few ways to start.
- Make a list of all the things your body lets you do. Can you walk freely to retrieve the mail each day and to do the grocery shopping? Are you able to work and make a living? Think of a typical day and realize how much your body allows you to do. Focus on those amazing factors.
- Ponder your body’s amazing systems. Really sit and think about what happens within your body each day. Your heart constantly pumps life-giving blood and oxygen throughout your body. Your skin regenerates itself every 30 days. Your muscular and skeletal systems allow a full range of movements. It’s incredible!
- Focus on what you CAN do. It can be easy to stay focused on the things that are difficult — less movement because of tendinitis in the knee, arthritis in your shoulder, etc. But those things don’t stop you from living! Perhaps you can’t run right now, but you can walk and still keep moving! It may take longer to get going in the morning, but you are still going! Put a positive spin on things and watch how much they start to look up.
- Start each day with a thank you. As soon as you wake up, thank your body for restoring itself with a good night’s sleep so you can accomplish what you need to that day. The process of sleeping and recharging is simply magnificent and a gift with which to end each tiring day.
- Find exercise you love. When you are doing something you love, you’re more likely to focus on the positive and on simply feeling good. Doing something good for your body that actually feels good and makes you happy is what it’s all about.
- Tap into the power of affirmations and mantras. When you find a statement that speaks to you and reminds you of how you want to feel in life, those words can have life-changing powers. Read up on affirmations and mantras, and work them into your daily routine to show your body some love.
- Relax and revel in positivity. Loosen up and eat healthy foods when you’re hungry. Get rest when you need it, and surround yourself with positive people who make you feel good about who you are. It’s much easier to be positive when you’re around others who appreciate you for you.
For more ideas on loving and caring for your body, contact me. I can help you work with affirmations and develop other healthy habits to help you live your fullest, healthiest and happiest life!
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.