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BLoving your body is something that we’re born to do. Most people don’t come into this world saying, “I hate my body”. The world and diet culture and overly judgmental and unrealistic social standards do that.
At Way, we want to help reinforce your natural voice. The voice that says, “I love you, body”. And stays grateful for a lifetime. Our Mindful Shifts Pathway is a great place to start. Download today.
More About Loving Your Body…
Loving your body might seem like a far-fetched concept, reminiscent of hallmark cards. To others, it represents an oasis of hope, forming a cornerstone of daily rituals and practices.
Spectrum of Loving Your Body – What’s Your Self-Talk?
The spectrum of loving your body is so colorful and so wide, that it may be hard to know where you stand in loving your body and therefore, hard to know how to do more of it, less of it, or find what you need depending where you’re at today. So let’s start by asking some simple and powerful questions that can uncover and illuminate your self-talk…
Are you grateful for your body?
What do you do each day to take care of your body?
Do you save undivided attention at the beginning of your day, end of your day, or somewhere in the middle, to simply listen to your body and pay attention to what it needs?
Are you easily thrown off of your good mindset by seeing a picture or video on social media that makes you love your body less?
If so, how long does it take you to go from that moment of being rattled and internalizing the external shame or judgment, to being in a loving and grateful state with your body?
Knowing How to Love Your Body
Mastering body love requires practice, time, and dedication, akin to nurturing work relationships, family bonds, or perfecting your morning coffee. The most rewarding experiences often stem from a blend of natural affection and concerted effort, enhancing their alignment with your life’s desires and needs.
Building a Practice of Loving Your Body
If ever you stray from this path, a simple yet effective starting point is taking a mindful 30-second breathing exercise. Acknowledge what you’re thankful for about your body – its functions, pleasures, movement, and spiritual connection.
Gratitude is very powerful and can turn off your stress reaction physiologically, allowing your body to be calm, and letting your cognition (your mind, consciousness) to focus on what you want it to. Then, it really is about practicing – making a commitment to yourself, something that you can do each day that’s in the process of your normal routine, that can be as small as saying, “I love my shoulder” or “I’m grateful for my index finger”.
Little things add up, and before you know it, you’re looking for more ways to love your body and say thank you to it. Your self-talk becomes so much more kind. Being kind to your body becomes your default, your baseline, and having that baseline is so powerful for when the external world that we live in send its judgments, its emotionally charged and unrealistic body image standards, and a whole host of other things that can distract you from the big cornerstone in life – your body is a gift. It’s uniquely yours.
Saying thank you and knowing how to love your body is important, making it a practice is the best way to make sure you can consistently enjoy your body. Your self-talk starts inspiring you in new ways you couldn’t have imagined. And when you enjoy your body and each new moment brings a new experience, a new learning – it can make it a lot easier to enjoy life and feel fulfilled.
If you want some inspiration on your path of practicing how to love your body, check out the above blogs (and several more), written by some of the best intuitive eating experts and dietitians in the nation, and they’re always free.
And if you’re ready to explore a little deeper – the Way app is easy to download and the Mindful Shifts Pathway was intentionally designed with the best of intuitive eating practices, behavior science and mindfulness to make it easy to unlearn the “perfect” body image that’s perpetuated by diet culture, with 2-8 minute sessions focused specifically on reframing body image to align with your values and developing a practice of loving your body.
Join 10,000+ people who’ve started their journey. We’ve made it affordable at less than $10/month, because our mission is to make your health and happiness, and Way was named the 2023 Best Non Diet App by Healthline, the biggest health website on the internet.