No matter what obstacles you face, it’s time to start loving yourself just the way you are. Embrace your body, accept it, practice self love, and be grateful for all it does to keep you going.
When you focus on the positive, and all that you can do to care for yourself, you will be the best possible you.
Take care of your body – it’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn
Here are 7 Steps to Embracing Your Body:
1. You are perfectly imperfect. Those imperfections are what make you beautiful and special. The first step in accepting yourself and where you are is to appreciate you were made perfectly imperfect. It’s time to release the concept of the perfect “body” and embrace the body you have.
2. Forgive your body. It’s time to make peace. Release any anger and resentment you have towards your body and instead embrace what it is today. Treat your body with love and respect.
3. Practice self love. Thank your body by practicing self love. Respect and nurture it with what it needs to perform its best. Thank your body with nourishing food. Thank your body with water to hydrate. Thank your body with a hot bath. Thank your body with regular activity. Thank your body with rest. Thank your body with kind words.
4. Focus on the positive. Your body is unique and incredible, designed to do amazing things in this world. Instead of focusing on outward appearances, turn your focus to the positive things your body does for you. If you struggle with finding the positive about yourself, keep a compliment journal, recording kind words and compliments others say to you.
5. Treat your body as your best friend. Reflect on the way you speak to your body. Is this how you would speak to your best friend or your child? If you respond with, “I would never say the words or use the tone of voice I do to my best friend”, then it’s time to change the way you speak to yourself. Think of your body as your buddy. You and your buddy are on a journey together. You’ll work in unison to do amazing things!
6. Accept and appreciate your body. Learning to embrace who you are and where you are on the journey is a process that does not happen overnight. Once you learn to forgive and become friends with your body, you can start accepting and appreciating it. Look in the mirror and silence the inner critic. Replace words from your inner critic with positive affirmations of self love and self acceptance. Be grateful for every aspect of your body.
7. Know that you are enough. Yes. Stand in the mirror and repeat positive affirmations until you believe them. Stop striving. Stop wanting to change. Accept who you are and know, you are enough. By knowing you are enough, you will walk forward with confidence. You got this!