There’s so much pressure from society telling us that we’re not good enough. Today I grant you permission to start blocking out those messages and begin to love yourself and your body. If you’re wondering, ‘how can I learn to love my body?’, here are seven tips that will help transform your body image.
1. End the negative self-talk.
Replace the, “I hate _____” statements with “I love _____.” Do this not only for yourself but for your children who are listening closely to everything you say. You can either hate your big hips or love how they allow you to carry your child with ease. Talk about yourself with as much care as you talk to your children about their bodies. If you aren’t a mother, think about how you talk to your best friend about her body. Start treating yourself with the same respect.
2. Don’t tune into body hate messages.
From commercials to all social media outlets, negativity is rampant. I hereby grant you permission to unfollow pages and hide friends (and family members) who only tend to be pessimistic. Instead, flood your daily feed with inspiration and see how much better you feel.
3. Set boundaries!
You are who you hang out with. The people you encounter in your daily life influence your attitude and behavior. Spend more time with people who make you feel good about yourself and less with those who make you feel insignificant.
4. Pamper and pleasure your body!
From a luxurious bubble bath on a tight budget to a therapeutic massage, if you can afford it, your body deserves to be nurtured. Your body also wants to be pleasured. Sex is one of the best ways to tune into your body and alleviate stress. When you ask yourself, ‘How can I learn to love my body?’ The answer is to fall in love with every curve!
5. Eat intuitively.
Diets don’t work! Rather than searching for for a new fad, start to ask yourself; what is my relationship with food? Am I eating because I’m happy, sad, angry, bored or because I’m actually hungry? Stop and take a moment to think about what your body desires. Food can be truly savoring and nourishing when it doesn’t come with a side order of guilt!
Read Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works if you’re not sure where to start.
6. Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it.
This small but radical change in the way you think about exercise can transform the way you feel about it. Exercise can be fun when you take away the pressure of weight loss and refocus on the enjoyment of body movement.
7. Work with a care provider who treats you with compassion & dignity.
Please repeat after me, “I am worthy of good medical care!” Stop avoiding going to the doctor. Start working with a care provider who doesn’t prescribe self-loathing. Your care provider works for you, so they shouldn’t work against you!
Recording & Show Notes: Plus Mommy Podcast Episode 5
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Resources Mentioned On The Show:
- Peachie Moms Guide To Body Love For Moms
- 10 Way to Build and Preserve Better Boundaries
- Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works
- My Size-Friend Care Providers Guide
I hope this episode of the Plus Mommy podcast has helped to answer the question – How Can I Learn To Love My Body? I know these tips I shared take time to be applied to your life. Yet, I also know the impact they can make if you start to follow them. The liberation that comes with loving yourself more, and caring less what others think, is worth every step. Remember, I’m here to support you along your journey and hope you’ll continue to tune into the show.
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