It’s no secret that women in our culture have been deeply conditioned to focus a huge amount of our time and effort on body consciousness. Since the time we were little, we were taught that a large portion of our worth was based on our dress size and, sadly, many of us believe it.
When you’re raised in a materialistic culture that is fueled by insecurities, it can be a huge challenge to learn to accept and love the glorious skin you’re in. The good news is that with a little time and effort, it can be done!
1. Learn how to nourish yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This looks different for everyone, so it’s important to find what works for you. If you’ve wanted to try paleo, vegetarianism, or sugar-free living, give it a shot! Try different forms of stress management such as yoga, chi gong, or massage and if you’ve always felt like counseling would benefit your life and remove some mental blocks, do it! You’ve got nothing to lose but the negativity (or stress or bad eating habits) that prevent you from being your best self.
2. Find a form of exercise you love and do it often. Tango, punch, swim, lift, dribble, spike, hop scotch, power walk and pedal your way to happiness.
3. Treat yourself right and love on the beautiful things that make you unique. The kinder we are to ourselves, the easier it is to see beauty in the awesome things that make us human. The next time you feel like picking on yourself, just remember: We are not here to be perfect; we are here to be human.
4. Stop giving a crap about the size of your ass. If you are healthy and love yourself from the inside out, size makes absolutely no difference. Wear those gorgeous curves with pride, girlfriend!
5. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full.
The deprive/ binge cycle is super duper ugly and can wreak havoc on your system. Learn to read your body’s cues so you know the difference between hunger and thirst and between actual hunger and emotional eating.
6. Do the things that make you happy. Happy minds create happy bodies. Find happiness in your career, relationships, and leisure activities and don’t settle until you find it.
7. Don’t give a damn about the approval of others. A huge portion of our unhappiness occurs when we convince ourselves that we are “less than” someone else.
Fun fact: Your inadequacies are all in your head! When you have your own approval, no one else’s matters anyway.
Learning to love our bodies is a difficult road. It takes time and setbacks. But once we learn to embrace our humanness, self love is automatic.