How do you feel about your body?
Close your mind for a few minutes and let your thoughts wander to how you feel about your body. Do you often say things like, “I hate my___”? , “I wish I could move faster”, or “my _____ is useless”. Do you feel as if weight loss, having plenty of energy or good health is a battle and you’re fighting your body?
This is common. Unfortunately, it’s also not productive. When you’re fighting your body and hating it, it creates resentment. Instead of embracing your body you’re rejecting it. Think about this, are you more likely to take care of something you love or something you hate?
So what’s the answer?
Love your body now. Appreciate all that it is and all that it does for you. If you dislike your body, hate your body or are fighting your body then losing weight, gaining more energy or improving your health is going to be difficult. It’ll be a long and painful process – a fight.
However if you love your body and are nurturing it to take care of yourself, then you’re going to have a much better time of it. You’ll enjoy the process, learn more along the way and you’ll be more successful.
When you love your body it’s much easier to make healthy decisions for it. It’s much easier to take care of it – because you want to take care of it.
Mindset will come in handy.
When you can embrace a positive and loving mindset, you’ll believe in yourself and you’ll have more willpower. You’ll be more motivated. And you’ll forgive yourself for the occasional mistakes.
Mindset is about more than just loving yourself. You’ll want to adopt a positive and motivated attitude too. Here are three tools you can use to embrace a positive mindset.
Affirmations are positive sayings that help you eliminate negative thoughts. For example, if you find that you’re often saying or thinking, “I hate my stomach” you can replace that thought with “I love my stomach. My body takes great care of me.”
1. Be Conscious of Your Thoughts
In order to create affirmations that have great power you want them to support your biggest challenges. First, however, you need to recognize what these challenges are. This is accomplished by paying attention to your thoughts, your negative thoughts specifically. When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts about your weight, or your body write it down. You can then use this thought to create a powerful affirmation.
For example, “I’m so fat.” Negative thought
“I love my body. It nourishes me and keeps me safe.” Positive affirmation.
2. Post Your Affirmation
Write your affirmation down and post it in obvious places. For example, write it on a sticky note and stick it to your bathroom mirror. Whenever you see your affirmation, repeat it aloud. Post it in your diary so that you’re reminded to repeat your affirmation every hour. Make it part of your life. The more you repeat your affirmation, the more you’ll begin to believe it and embrace it.
Visualisation is a powerful tool and we use it often without realizing it. When you use visualisation you’re essentially visualising success. Athletes use visualisation all the time to great ends. It helps us accomplish our goals. The great thing about visualisation is that it can be used for both large and small goals.
Visualisation helps you not only feel success in your mind and body, it can help motivate you. Use visualisation each morning when you wake. Visualise yourself being vibrantly healthy. You’ll begin to think of yourself as having plenty of energy, a slim body and good health.
Use visualisation when you’re facing a particularly difficult challenge. For example, if you’ve had a difficult day at work. You may be considering a take away dinner or going to the pub with friends. Visualise yourself driving past the fast food restaurant and feeling good about it. Visualise yourself at the pub drinking mineral water and eating a healthy menu item. You can make good decisions for yourself when you take time to remember and visualise what you want.
Finally, the other element that can help you embrace and love your body is gratitude. Gratitude completely changes your perspective about life. The practice of gratitude will help you think of your body in a positive manner. Use gratitude in two ways.
Develop a gratitude habit.
When you get up in the morning or at night before you go to bed, write down the things you’re grateful for. For example, I’m grateful for:
- Lungs that help me breathe and provide oxygen to my brain
- A heart that keeps pumping around the clock and keeps the blood running through my veins
- My beautiful neck and shoulders – I love the way they look in v-neck shirts.
Sometimes you may have to really dig deep to find something to be grateful for. Don’t stop until you do – there’s always something.
Use gratitude when you’re being challenged.
Gratitude can help you move through particularly difficult times. When you’re having a bad day or a bad moment, instead of focusing on the negative, take a few minutes to consider what you have to be grateful for.
Affirmations, gratitude and visualization will all help you develop a positive mindset. When you can embrace your body with love and appreciation taking care of it becomes second nature.
Spend some time thinking about how you feel about your body. What negative thoughts can you replace with positive ones? How can you embrace your body and love it exactly the way it is right now?