10 Tips To Help You Get Right With Your Body

Body Positivity

Are you a woman who wants to be successful, accomplish your goals, and thrive in life?  

If so, then I salute you because I know firsthand that it’s no easy task. Yet, being a woman pursuing her purpose can be tremendously rewarding.

Now, let me ask you this:  As an enterprising woman, do you ever feel your relationship with your body is holding you back?  Maybe you’ve invested money in the perfect clothes, designer shoes, and makeup that “slays to the gawds,” but underneath all of those layers is a woman who is still uncomfortable in her own skin.  Perhaps standing in the mirror naked brings on feelings of shame or sadness.

If any of these feelings are familiar to you, you don’t have to feel bad because you are not alone and body peace is possible. You can begin to heal your body relationship and become comfortable in your body without even changing it if you choose not to. Here are 10 tips to help you:

  1. Give thanks for your body.  Take a moment each day to write a thank you note to a specific body part.  Use positive, loving words to give thanks and when you are ready to go to the next level, try saying those words out loud to your body. It may feel awkward at first, but the more you do it the more you will experience the benefits.
  2. Learn your body.  Become an expert on your own body.  Learn what foods and activities feel good to your body.  Notice how your body responds to what you eat and what you do.  Pay attention to signals that your body gives: hunger, fatigue, illness, pain, pleasure, and other sensations. Knowing your body helps to strengthen the connection to your body.
  3. Prioritize your body.  Put your body on your schedule.  Add it to your list of commitments.  Make self-care and body love imperative in your life. You cannot grow to love something that you neglect.  The more you prioritize care for your body, the better you will begin to feel about it.     
  4. Stand up for your body.  Have a no tolerance policy for body bullies.  That includes yourself too! Do not accept negative thought, words, or actions towards your body from anyone.  Even if you are still learning to love your body, do not allow anyone to send body hate your way. Your body is your temple.  Defend it proudly.
  5. Don’t compare your body.  You can admire another person’s beauty without comparing yourself to them.  Give a compliment.  Uplift another person.  But stay away from comparing your body to someone else’s. Comparison discredits the individuality of each person.  Your body is unique and there is no comparison.
  6. Embrace your body now.  Yes, you may have goals.  You may want to change your size, your shape, or even your weight but remember, whether or not you manifest your goals, your body is worthy of love right now.  Your body will fluctuate and change throughout life. You can choose to love yourself in every stage of life, even while working on your goals.  
  7. Be patient with your body.  Whether it be working on wellness goals or managing illness and physical challenges, your body deserves patience.  Very few body changes happen overnight.  Fitness, improving your wellness, and healing takes time. Even when you are feeling impatient, remember that your body is not your enemy, it is working on your behalf.
  8. Try new experiences with your body.  Take a dance class. Learn a new sport.  Explore yoga. Try a different style of clothing that you’ve always been afraid to wear. Taste an exotic fruit that’s new to you.  Just go out, and experience adventure with your body.  Discover new strengths and abilities that you didn’t know you had.  It’s a great way to build up your body confidence and it’s fun!
  9. Make peace with your body “flaws”. There is a difference between knowing your flaws and embracing them.  We all have a thing or two that we consider to be a “flaw” about our bodies.  Sometimes we put too much energy into feeling bad about our flaws or trying to cover them up.  When you can accept your flaws as part of what make you unique, then you will begin moving into a space of peace and comfort with your body.  
  10. Remember that you are not your body Body love is important, but it is just as important to remember that you are much more than just a body. Your body is a part of you, but it does not define who you are.  You have intellect, emotions, talents, and gifts that extend far beyond our physical appearance and abilities. You are a soul that lives in a body.  

Are ready to connect with your body in a loving way and feel empowered in your body? I invite you to try a few of these tips. I’d also love to hear your feedback. What tips resonate with you? Which ones are you willing to try? Please feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comments below.

 

Ivy Felicia

Contributor

Ivy, The Body Relationship Coach™ is a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach and Body Image Expert with a gift for helping people embrace their bodies and practice self-love at any stage and any size. Her Body Relationship Coaching work is centered on her personal life experiences with barriers to body love, and more than a decade of social and professional involvement in the emotional wellness and health education movements. You can earn more at about her at MeMyBodyandLove.com.

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