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Here's the thing - nothing is going to make you wake up and suddenly adore every little thing about your body. It's something you have to work on. And as I mentioned in the first post of the series, being better to yourself is the most powerful step you can take when you have body/fitness/health/any personal goals in mind. If you value the person you're fighting for, you're not going to let them down. Especially if they are a supportive, positive, loving 'you'.

Another one is learning to find contentment in the present. We can't possibly hope to get anywhere good if we fill our heads with 'I'll be pretty when...' or 'I'll be happy when...'. You're missing the good stuff! You're missing your great shoulders, or your really full lips, or how good your bum looks just the way it is! If you don't remind yourself of gratitude for what you already have, how will you ever know when you're happy? This is something I've really struggled with. By nature, I worry. I stress and obsess over everything, to the point where I talk myself into crippling inaction. And this has happened as recently as last week, so take it from someone who knows...

Practice kindness. Practice outward gestures of goodwill and thanks. This might sound as though it is all quite philosophical and lofty and has nothing at all to do with your body or your health - but trust me, everything starts with your mental condition. The way we experience life is through what we think. So guess what that means? At some point or other, you're going to have to learn how to become your own best friend. Otherwise you have a whole long road ahead with someone you don't really like living in your head. 

Easiest way to like yourself a little more? Do something nice for someone else. Boom. Feel-good factor for free. Heartfelt compliments to a loved one or even a phone call to a friend you haven't spoken to in too long can do wonders for the soul.

Second, slightly harder way? Look into the mirror. Before your mind jumps to negativity, focus on the one thing you really like about the way you look. I really like my decolletage area, so that's where I start. Tell yourself that that part of you is beautiful. Say it over until you believe it. The next day? Find something else. This is hard to discipline yourself into but if you can stick to it? It's really worth it.

Whether it's June, September, or the depths of winter in February, your body is your own to cherish. Bikinis and beaches aside, if you value yourself, you'll invest in your health and your nutritional choices all year 'round. So the best advice I can give to you to round off these Body Issues is this: Love yourself how you are. Appreciate that you are (God willing) a healthy, beautiful person. Start there. The rest will come.

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  1. This is so true great advice and really helps to boost peoples confidence so thanks for sharing this I am starting to value myself more also ! Starting by eating healthier haha xx

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    1. Thank you my love! That was all I could hope for when I wrote it <3 I'm so glad to hear you're valuing yourself more - it's a constant thing to work on, but is so rewarding if you can push yourself to stick to it. Good luck and feel free to check in/reach out if you need a little help xx

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