I had to relearn this lesson multiple times…that body image was not just a surface level experience but one wrapped in wounds, beliefs, doubts, insecurity, lack of trust
After so many times of trying to “fix” from the surface with things like punishment, restriction, binging, negative self talk, withholding power / strength…I finally learned that my body image is not affected as much by what I see but by what I attribute causing what I see
When I realized my body image was so more so a reflection of how I showed up for myself than anything else, I started taking more inventory of ways I could truly LOVE my body (as a verb not just an adjective with no action)
So I wanted to share what I think loving your body in every season can really look like:
➡️ thanking her for every workout, meal digested, and work she puts in in recovery mode while you rest
➡️ giving her proper nourishment, care, and presence to know and support her better in supporting you
➡️ celebrating the way she has changed with you and acknowledging she is always doing the best she can
➡️ recognizing her response to stimuli or life changes as a reflection of her desire to teach you better ways notttt to fight you - she is always trying to support you that is her job!
➡️ identifying how what you do, think about, commit to, etc impacts her on a cellular level and being willing to make changes
➡️ prioritizing her beyond aesthetics—aka doctor, dentist, skincare, tracking data related to non-aesthetic changes
➡️ wearing clothing that is comfortable and confidence boosting
➡️ letting her enjoy all experiences of life and staying grounded for the simple pleasures—staying in flow rather than force
➡️ making time to connect with her every day in some undistracted way
➡️frequent check ins with emotions, stressors, and habits to see how to better support a stable / regulated nervous system
Any other ways you love your body through it all?
In the past my body image would suffer based on size or weight or shape but I really moved away from those being my focus years ago and have reinforced in time my message and mission and the practices involved with the effort to #BUILDMORETHANJUSTABODY