Loving Your Body: Strategies to See Yourself in a Positive Light
Loving yourself is an ideal that many people strive for, but it doesn’t come so easy for everyone. However, having the ability to love yourself from the inside out will greatly benefit how you experience your life and the lifestyle you live.
Learn to love your body by following these strategies:
Thank Your Body
Take time each day to thank your body for what it’s currently giving you. In the most basic sense, you have to ability to move, stand, stretch and bend. Thank your body for carrying you through the day, allowing you to interact with the world around you.
Meditation will help you become mindful and aware of your body, and well, mind. But sitting with your breath and focusing on your breathing will help you to become in tune with yourself. Once you’ve reached awareness, you’ll also be able to forgive yourself much easier and live a life of gratitude.
Surround Yourself With Joy
Instead of staring at that pile of ‘one day I’ll fit in these’ clothes, surround yourself with items that make you happy. Only have clothes in your closet that fit you right now, clothes that are comfortable and reflect your personal style. Place items in the rest of your home that make you happy to be you such as photos of friends or family, ornaments that have special meaning and incense to boost your mood.
Keep a Journal
Sometimes our inner issues come to the surface in the form of negative self-talk or body shaming. If you take 10 minutes per week to just sit down and write what has been on your mind, what you are feeling bummed or stressed about and what you are looking forward to you can deal with your inner issues instead of blaming your body for no reason.
List the Positives
Instead of looking at yourself in the mirror and listing everything that you want to change about your body, try to name three things that you love every time you see your reflection. This will help you to change the dialogue that you have with yourself about your body, and instead of disliking it you’ll start to respect and love it for what it does for you.
Self-love can be really complex and there might be various reasons why you find it particularly hard. As you begin to slow down and reframe your thoughts, you should begin to see yourself in a first neutral, and then positive light. Let’s discuss it in therapy and get you to a place where you see yourself in a positive light.