Week 4 - Part 6 - Body Image And Movement
You may be wondering what this topic has to do with additives and preservatives, and you are right if you think 'nothing'. BUT, we felt it our duty to add this into the program, as the more 'self care' we can offer ourselves, the better we feel. And the better we feel, the better we eat, sleep and so on...it all has a flow on effect!
Hands up who has negative thoughts regarding their body! Why are we so quick to judge ourselves so harshly? I'm sure some of the things we have said about our own bodies we would never say to someone else. Why do we do this to ourselves?
Imagine a life where you are happy in the body you have (like, literally, close your eyes and imagine it).
Body shaming is something that has become 'normal' for many of us and it is time for this to change.
Body shaming comes in various methods:
1) Criticising your own appearance, through a judgment or comparison to another person. Example: “I’m so ugly compared to her.” “I wish I had her hair.”
2) Criticising another’s appearance in front of them.
Example: “With those thighs, you’re never going to find a date.”
3) Criticising another’s appearance without their knowledge.
Example: “Did you see what she’s wearing today? Not flattering.” “At least you don’t look like her!”
No matter how this manifests, it often leads to comparison and shame, and perpetuates the idea that people should be judged mainly for their physical features - which is utter rubbish!
There's a few things we can do about this, starting today:
1. Look in the mirror and say something nice to yourself - every single day
"I am an amazing person"
"I can do this"
"I am strong"
"I am beautiful"
"I am worthy"
"I am kind"
"I am loving"
"I am in love with who I am"
"I respect myself"
"I give myself permission to be happy"
Write down what's on your mind - it doesn't matter what you write, just write something down. Start as if you are writing on Facebook (short, snappy comments), then progress from there.
Over time you might see a pattern, and if there is something that you want to change, then make it happen. You may also like to compare your journal to your food diary - it would be interesting to see if after eating 'xyz' you feel a bit crappy for a few days!
3. Set an intention for today
What's your intention today? Write it down and it becomes real.
Example: 'I intend to say something nice to a total stranger today'. Or, 'I intend to spend an hour on myself today, just doing what I want to do'. Or, 'I intend to drink 2 litres of water'.
It doesn't really matter what your intention is, just setting them, and then following through, will make you feel amazing.
Lets talk body image and movement with Sara Dean
Today we talk with Sara from The Shameless Mom Academy. Sara runs an amazing Podcast Show that will have you feeling a little less shameless everyday. She is a mother (and wife) and we were lucky enough to meet her in person while attending a conference in the Philippines. She's down to earth, keeps things real and we think you'll love her interview.
Part 6: Body Image & Movement
Duration: 30 min
Let's talk body shame, you know, that voice inside our heads that say we aren't good enough? Sara Dean runs the Shameless Mom and we love her!