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On some Sundays I share links to other pieces on Psych Central and from around the web. This month’s links include everything from quitting the body image wars to practicing gratitude to reducing overwhelm to getting some sleep when you're anxious. Because self-care is comprehensive. I hope you find these helpful. Happy Sunday!
I used to think that in order to accept my body, I had to lose weight. After all, I had to have a body that was worthy and deserving of acceptance. I had to have a body that was good enough to embrace and appreciate. And in its current form, it wasn't. Which, in my mind, left me with one option: hyper-focus on changing my body.
For you body acceptance might feel elusive. It might feel out of reach. It might seem overwhelming or foreign or just unnatural. Maybe you think it's insignificant or unrealistic or not feasible to actually embrace your body. Which is why I wanted to interview one of my favorite people, Anna Guest-Jelley, who's penned a powerful, personal and practical book about body acceptance called Curvy Yoga: Love Yourself & Your Body a Little More Each Day. Below, Anna reveals the biggest myths about body acceptance, how yoga can help and what body acceptance looks like for her today---after trying 65 diets throughout the years.
When you've hated your body for years, the very idea that you can love it or appreciate it or even just tolerate it might seem ridiculous. It might feel overwhelming and grossly inaccessible.
Our bodies hold so many stories. Difficult stories. Beautiful stories. Stories that are held in scars and stretch marks. Stories that are held in arms and feet. Stories etched inside smile lines and expressive eyes. Stories cupped in hands. Stories of strength. Perseverance. Love. Lust. Motherhood. Illness. Insecurity. Anxiety. Adventure.
What if instead of berating your body all day every day, you thanked it (at least once or twice, here and there)? What if you stopped fighting your body? What if you stopped seeing it as an enemy or obstacle?
When we start a new year, we often feel a whole lot of pressure. After all, we've "indulged" for the past few months or weeks. We've "given in" to our crazy cravings, and eaten terrible things like cookies and cake. And now it's time to get serious. It's time to "get back on track," get into the gym, "eat clean," count calories and keep ourselves "accountable." It's time to work off the weight we likely gained during the holidays, when we were being "bad" and "naughty," when we were left to our own---devious and deplorable---devices.
There's a lot of confusion surrounding self-compassion: We see self-compassion as self-indulgent. We see it as selfish. We see it as weak. Which is unfortunate because a) this means that we don't practice self-compassion and b) self-compassion isn't any of these things. I asked several individuals who specialize in self-compassion to clear up the often misunderstood concept by answering this question: What do you wish people really understood about self-compassion? Last week I shared several of their truths in this piece. Below, you'll find several more truths from another therapist and a nutritionist.