How Can We Shift Our Body Image?
Our mindset really does matter. In this post, I'll share what I've learned about how it's possible to shift our body image.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I felt when I saw photos of myself in a bikini. I was feeling disconnected from my body and I really was focusing on how much I didn't like the way I looked in my suit. And on the other hand, I am keenly aware that loving my body exactly where it is right now is so important - especially while raising a daughter.
This photo really reflect a shift that took place after my post.
Many of you shared your own struggles and also gave me a lot of support and food for thought. I took it all in. And I've reached a much better place of loving kindness when I look in the mirror or at a photo of myself.
What did I do to shift? Here are a few of the ideas that have worked for me. Some may work for you, others won't. That's the fun part about this journey of self-love, it's different for all of us.
AND I realized that virtually all women, of all shapes and sizes struggle with body image.
- I read all of your positive comments and took some of your suggestions to heart. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment, send me a message or simply gave the post some love.
- I worked with Karen Shumka and we did some #bodycode work. Visit karenshumka.com to find out more about this incredible work.
- I read This Messy, Magnificent Life by Geneen Roth. I've got a two month free trial of the Scribd app on Android. Apple users or desktop downloads get 30 days free.
- I started the 40 day miracle work based on the book by Melody Beattie. The book is called Make Miracles in 40 Days: Turn What You Have Into What You Want.
- I show more gratitude for what my body CAN do, rather than what it CAN'T right now. For example, last week, I did 300 stairs up and down to Blueback beach twice and hiked with friends several days in a row.
- When I look at myself in the mirror, I smile more.
That really had an impact on me. I would like to be a catalyst for change. I'd love for my daughter to grow up loving her body unconditionally. AND for her to be able to have a healthy and positive relationship with food. That's a big ask. The only way for us to create change is by asking to solve the BIG questions. I love how Entrepreneur and mom Julie Cole put it: 'I love the body positive movement but look forward to the time we can move past our bodies.'