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Body Acceptance : Four Simple Ways To Heal Your Relationship With Your Body

Body Acceptance : Four Simple Ways To Heal Your Relationship With Your Body

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A person is made up of hopes, dreams, interests, memories, likes, dislikes, feelings, thoughts etc. What can somebody really know about you from just looking at you? From your size? Not very much at all. However, we place so much importance on this, on looking like the images we see every single day online and in the media, those images which are most definitely photoshopped.

We end up resenting the bodies we have, pulling and tugging at them, poking and prodding, telling ourselves our bodies aren’t good enough, we as a whole are not good enough. Berating ourselves for not fitting into a particular clothing size - even when each shop frustratingly has it’s own bloomin' size. I love this video by Lucy Wood, trying on 10 different pairs of size 14 highstreet jeans to check the size difference.

So, how can we heal that relationship with our body and finally learn to accept it? Well, there isn’t just a one time fix all. There are tasks we can do to help us get to a place where we accept and feel grateful for our body and it is an ongoing relationship we need to maintain - like any relationship. Yes, there will still be times you fall into a body hatred rut, but those times will lessen.

Your Heritage.

So many parts of your body have been handed down to you, genetically from your family. Gather photos of family members, if you’re adopted you may have photos of your birth mother or father. Take time to note down the similarities between you and those family members. Many aspects of our appearances can’t be changed due to our genes. You will notice similarities you may never have noticed before. Consider facial features, height, skin tone, find a feature or features you like which you can spot has been passed down from a family member. This will open up a new way of appreciating your body.


Your Strengths.

What are your strengths? What are you good at? What non-appearance related qualities do you possess. Jot down the ones which apply to you and feel free to add your own words! 

Making up stories

Reading

Telling jokes

Laughing at jokes

Being gentle

Looking after loved ones including pets and plants

Helping others

Listening to others

Dancing

Running

Doing Yoga

Water sports

Making things

Playing

Playing computer games

Woodwork

DIY

Washing up

Hoovering

Organising

Ironing

Folding

Packing a suitcase

Lego building

Sketching

Painting

Drawing

Growing plants

body acceptance frustration

Interviewing people

Proofreading ;) 

Decorating

Creating festive displays

Knowing when to walk away

Writing to do lists

Being punctual

Finding a bargain

Being financially savvy

Gardening

Wrapping gifts

Pottery

Writing stories

Writing blog posts

Throwing a ball

Remembering important dates

Remembering songs

Speaking another language

Smiling

Being kind

Being generous

Being funny 

Riding a bike

Riding a scooter

Jigsaws

Sudoku

Crosswords

Wordsearches

Colouring in

Walking a dog

Walking

Hiking

Sharing

Being polite

Making up games

Maths

Cooking

Baking

Mechanical work

Typing

Using the perfect emoji

Tasting specific ingredients in food or drinks

Tea drinking

Seeing the best in others

Booking holidays

Travelling

Taking care of others

What can you do?

What is something cool you can do with your body? Can you touch your tongue to your nose? Raise your eyebrows in a funny way? Are you double jointed? These unique intricacies make you the amazing person you are. Jot them down and brainstorm for a way of being proud of them.  

Describe yourself as others see you.
If a loved one, who knows you really well, like your best friend were to describe you, your character and personality, nothing to do with your appearance, what would they say? Really try hard to think about this and be honest, open and connect with the way the world sees you and your soul.

You can find a Body Acceptance Meditation I created for you on my IGTV Channel here. If you would like to delve deeper into body acceptance, healing your relationship with food and eating, finding joyful movement and freeing yourself of diet culture, shame and guilt, you can download my free journaling prompts ebook to help you work through all of this and more.




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Gentle journaling prompts to uncover your personal answers around food, body image and exercise.

Gentle journaling prompts to uncover your personal answers around food, body image and exercise.