We’ve all done it. We’ve stood in front of the mirror feeling disgusted at ourselves. Pulling apart our bodies. Putting ourselves down and focusing exclusively on all your perceived flaws. Today, I want to talk a little bit about why your body is amazing right now!
There are so many reasons why your body is amazing right now but first let’s have a little look at the thought processes happening when we are talking to ourselves so negatively. Why are we doing it? Does talking to yourself in this way make you feel any better about yourself? I’m guessing it probably doesn’t make you feel so crash hot. You’re feeling a whole like you’re worth less than everyone else. Your flaws make you unworthy, right? Of respect, of having nice things, of being able to do what you want in life.
That’s how it can feel, anyway. And it’s horrible. Unfortunately, speaking to ourselves in this manner has an impact on how we carry ourselves in all our interactions in the outside world. We start to believe, within ourselves, that we are worth less than other members of society. People can pick up on that and that is how they tend to treat you. It can be a horrible, vicious cycle that results in our self esteem and confidence taking a battering on a regular basis.
So why do I say your body is amazing right now?
- Your heart is beating right now
- You’re breathing right now
- Your mind is allowing you to read and comprehend this article
- You’re able to move around with intention
- You’ve fought off illness and disease
- Your body has protected you
- Your body has healed itself
- If you have children, your body grew a human being!
- You would cease to exist without it
These are just some of the reasons that will apply to just about every person reading this. There will be plenty of things that your body has done or can do that are simply amazing! If you stop to think about the human body, with all the things it goes through on a daily basis, how incredible is it that it just keeps going. Sometimes it malfunctions a bit but it keeps going – even when we say and do horrible things to it.
My challenge to you is two-fold:
- Firstly, write a list of all the great things your body does for you and what it can do for you if necessary. Keep it somewhere safe so you can refer back to it when you need a little boost.
- If you catch yourself talking negatively about yourself, stop and see if you can turn it into a positive. Everyone has SOMETHING they like about themselves. What is it for you? Your eyes? Your smile? Your hands? Your feet? Start to look for the GOOD things about you – get out your list if you need to. If it’s possible to say something out loud to yourself, about yourself, I highly recommend it.
It’s easier said than done, I absolutely understand that. It’s a process to change your thinking and there will be ups and downs. It’s normal. Totally normal. Over time, talking more positively to yourself will result in a boost to your feelings of self worth and there will be a change – you’ll start to carry yourself with more confidence, people will take note, they might start to speak to you differently. Confidence is a wonderful thing. Please consider talking to a professional if you are really having a hard time with this. They will be able to help you more specifically with your unique circumstances.
You are absolutely as important as any other human on the planet – regardless of what your body looks like. It’s not about being perfect, nobody is. It’s about learning to accept and love yourself as you are. You are so much more than what your body looks like on the outside.