This Monday, we talked about some helpful questions to ask to assess the state of your body image.
Today, I want to talk about what makes you super duper giddy about your body.
Are your dreams as amazing as you are?
It’s great to have them, but how much are they really inspiring you?
Could your dream possibly just be a goal that requires some of your attention and commitment, or is it actually a dream that will require passion, dedication and S – T – R – E – T – C – H?
Don’t for one moment believe that you should limit your dreams.
So like Julie says about dreams, let’s not talk about what makes you feel iffy, OK or blah about your body.
Instead, let’s think about what makes you over the moon about your body, what makes you feel fantastic, what makes your entire body sing – or dance.
If you’re not there yet, that’s not a problem! Then consider what would make you feel excited about your body. Brainstorm some feel-fantastic activities.
Here’s a list of what makes me feel fantastic, and that might help start you off:
You may notice several patterns or themes in my list: I feel best when I’m moving my body, nourishing it and practicing self-care.
Also, I think it’s important to write down specific statements, because once we know precisely what helps us to feel great about our bodies, we can do more of these things.
Even if we’re busy, we can incorporate at least one makes-my-body-sing activity into our day.
What makes your body image sing? What makes you feel utterly fantastic?
P.S., I’ve written before about the wonderful organization MentorCONNECT, which connects people recovering from eating disorders with mentors who help them through the recovery process. At MentorCONNECT, “relationships replace eating disorders.”
MC is looking for people who are in strong recovery from eating disorders to serve as mentors (that’s 12 consecutive months of sustained, healthy recovery, defined as “largely free from eating disorder thoughts and coping behaviors”). You can learn more here (it’s a PDF).
Also, if you have any questions or you’re interested in being a mentor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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