The concept of loving your body with ease may sound fluffy. But, it really isn’t!
Loving your body is not and should not be a difficult thing to do. It doesn’t have to be painful. It doesn’t have to come at a high cost to you. And, yes! It is possible.
You do not have to struggle with accepting your body image or feeling good in your body any longer.
We may find it difficult to love our bodies for many different reasons. Most of the time, it’s related to our weight or a skin problem affecting our appearance. Sometimes, it’s just not feeling comfortable with the way we look, for our own personal reasons.
What if I tell you, loving your body doesn’t require giving up the food you love or sticking to some rigorous workout activity that you hate committing to?
Loving your body doesn’t mean moving from a size 10 to a size 5. And it doesn’t mean spending all your time and energy changing your appearance so you can be happy and finally start living your life.
10 Secrets To Loving Your Body With Ease
I get it! Most billboards, magazines, influencers, and celebrities all have slim and slender body shapes, which they are praised for. Body frames and images we glorify!
We live in a society where we have mastered the mindset – that our sizes and body frames define how happy, successful and respected we are. And, when we don’t fit into this category, we become unhappy with our appearance and who we are.
We desperately look for ways to change the way we look. We look for ways to transform our bodies so we will be acceptable to society. Punishing ourselves for the way we look. Disliking ourselves and our bodies and feeling unworthy. Creating an unhealthy relationship with our body.
I know it can be hard to love your body when you don’t like how it looks. But, when you create a healthy relationship with your body, you will learn to love and respect your body for what it is. Changes will come about naturally rather than feeling forced.
So, how can you create effective change that allows you to love your body easily?
By committing to these 10 secrets to loving your body with ease?
1. Reprogram your thoughts
Before you can love your body, you need to get rid of the ideology – that you will be accepted or respected by others when you look a certain way.
Do you think losing 10 or 20 pounds will make you happier? Will you love your body more when you lose those unwanted pounds? Do you think you will have a boost of overnight confidence once you meet your body goals? Or will you need to make another adjustment to love your body when you achieve your body goals?
The truth is – happiness comes from within. That’s why it’s super important to take control of our thoughts and re-wire those negative beliefs we may have when it comes to what we need to make us happy.
Your happiness is NOT on the other side of acquiring the “perfect body.” Happiness is rooted within you.
Now, I’m not being oblivious here. I agree that sometimes we can be discriminated against, just because of the way we look. But instead of not liking your body because you don’t match society standards. And wanting to make a change to please others. Stop, pause and ask yourself – if you must be mean to yourself while working EXTRA hard to please others.
Wouldn’t it be healthier and more beneficial if you begin valuing yourself just the way you are? So instead of focusing on finding the “perfect body frame,” why not commit to taking care of yourself now?
View your body as a temple. Don’t fall victim to fitting yourself into society’s tiny box.
Try repeating this affirmation when you feel you are falling victim to what society expects of you.
” I completely love, respect, and accept my body.”
2. Embody the next version of you
Embody the energy and beliefs of the confident woman who loves and respects her body through showing up – as if you are already here.
When you embody the version of you who completely accept, love, and respect her body. The version of you – who is confident in her own skin, loving your body comes with ease.
The secret here is to step into that future version of you. You have to visualize yourself being that confident woman. The woman who loves herself and her body deeply. She takes other people’s opinions regarding her body with a grain of salt.
Adopt the thoughts and emotions of this next best version of you and begin acting like her.
This really works. Think about it. If you begin to act and feel like a confident woman who loves her body. What do you think will happen over time?
Exactly! You will become her, falling in love with your body.
3. Love your body by connecting with your body
Slow down and pay attention to your body. Bringing conscious awareness to your body. Recognizing when your body needs rest or when it needs exercise. Pay attention to how your body feels when it touches certain textures. How does your body feel right now, as you sit on a chair or lay on your bed as it touches the surface of where you are?
Get in touch with your body and foster a deeper connection with it.
Here are some ways you can get in touch with your body.
- Walking barefoot more often – will help you to be grounded and calm.
- Gently apply lotion over your body making it an enjoyable task rather than one that you often rush through.
- Wear clothes that showcase your personality.
- Look at your body in a mirror and admire how beautiful you are.
- Body scan meditation. As you lay on your bed or the floor, begin breathing slowly. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Keeping your eyes closed, bring your attention to each part of your body, working from your toes up to your head. What sensation do you feel in each part of your body? Do you feel a lot of tension? Or, are you feeling relaxed?
- Chakra healing is another meditation you can consider.
4. Cultivate mindful eating
What do you eat? How can I stay full longer? What diet are you on? It’s so hard to control my portions! Are these the typical conversations you have with others?
What if I tell you, it’s possible to heal these problems – by simply cultivating mindful eating?!
Yes, you can!
Mindful eating is the ability to connect with your food. It’s being present while you eat. Savouring every bite of your meal. (utilizing all five senses basically). Mindful eating is about listening to your body and following its cues – when to eat/when to stop eating and what you should eat.
Even though mindful food choices are quite similar to the Mediterranean diet. Which comprises fish, olives, olive oil, nuts and grains and fruits, and vegetables. You can apply mindful eating to pizza and wings or anything you eat.
Really, you can!
You see, when we eat mindfully, we can focus on what and how much we eat. Making better food choices. And when we can heal our relationship with food, we automatically can heal our relationship with our bodies.
There’s absolutely nothing to lose when it comes to mindful eating. So, why not give it a try? Go ahead and cherish every bite of your meals and every sip of your drinks.
5. Be kind to your body
Why is it so difficult for us to support, forgive and be understanding of our emotions and slip-ups in life? Yet, it’s so easy to support, forgive and understand a friend or family member when they have slip-ups?
Would you find yourself shaming a friend or family member? Then, why is it okay for you to do it for yourself?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be understanding and loving to yourself? Giving yourself the same great advice you usually give to others? Allowing yourself a pep talk when you desperately need one?
Stop shaming yourself or feeling horrific for having the body you have and begin honoring your body – by being kind and loving to it.
I want you to look in the mirror every day for the next 28 days and tell yourself everything you love about your body.
Then spend at least 5 minutes everyday journaling on one of these prompts.
- The things I love the most about my body is _________________________.
- I respect my body because _________________________.
- I’m grateful and thankful for my body because ____________________.
- I prioritize my body by _____________________.
Currently, I am using the five-minute journal, and I love it!
6. Appreciate your body
We go about life wanting and needing more. While there’s nothing wrong with that! The issue arrives when we forget to be grateful for what we already have.
Your body does so much for you. When was the last time you thanked her? When was the last time you showed her some gratification?
Spend some time journaling once a week, expressing gratification for your body.
7. Practice body neutrality
If you are still having a hard time loving your body. Then practice body neutrality.
Body neutrality promotes acceptance of your body just as it is. It doesn’t solely focus on loving your body. But rather focusing on what you do with your body. It helps you to balance that love and hate relationship you have with your body while making peace with it and still being happy. And that’s what we all strive for, right?! Happiness.
To practice body neutrality :
- Stop being harsh with yourself. Speak kind words to yourself. Instead of belittling yourself because your clothes may feel a bit tight, simply wear something loose-fitting. Reframe the negative thoughts you may have with positive ones.
- Listen to your body.
- Eat what you want mindfully.
- Look at your body in a mirror.
8. Commit to feeling good in your body
Set aside time every day (even if it’s 5 mins) where you commit to taking care of yourself. Make it into a routine where you pamper and honor your body. Whether that’s laying on a bed while you do a full-body scan meditation. Or maybe spending five minutes giving yourself a foot massage. Staying a bit longer in the shower to connect with your body. Going for a nature walk, getting 5 minutes of exercise into your day. Whatever it is, and however you choose to feel good in your body make it non – negotiable.
9. Stop comparing your body frame to others
You are enough! Repeat these mantras as often as you can:
- ” I am enough.”
- ” I am worthy.”
- ” My body is a beautiful temple.”
- ” My body is loved.”
- ” I feel good in my body.”
- ” My body deserves to be treated with respect.”
There’s no need to be comparing yourself to others. I get it! It can be hard when everywhere you turn you are constantly seeing slender body frames. The important thing here is to be YOU and love YOU for who YOU are. Your body has given you so much and it sure can do wonderful things. It’s truly amazing how our bodies work.
Loving your body goes deeper than your appearance. It’s about respecting, honoring, and appreciating your body. And with those qualities, everything will fall into place.
10. Work with a professional
Follow a fitness expert with the same body type as you and pay attention to what they do. There are so many fun, exciting and short workout videos that can be found online. Get one that works for you and stick to it. Read articles, that these fitness experts who have the same body type as you have written or watch videos they have created.
Make healthy and empowering fitness friends and challenge each other. Sign up for challenges or free masterclass and commit to them. Have fun while loving your body. Let it be easy.
You can also consider working with an intuitive eating coach who can provide one on one support.
Are you ready to commit to loving your body with ease
You are not alone. So many of us struggle to love our bodies for many reasons. The choice is always gonna be yours. Loving your body doesn’t have to be challenging. Let it be easy!
So, what is your choice going to be? Are you going to continue to be critical and judgemental of your body? Or, will you choose to learn to love and be compassionate to your body and yourself?
Let me know in the comments which one it’s going to be. And if you’re not already on my email list. Sign up now, so you can be in the know! You will also get access to my E-book. 6 ways to embrace your ambitions without guilt while creating a life and a business you love.