15 Things your body needs to hear you say
When I launched my 14 Days of Body Love my goal was to help women reconnect with their bodies. To this day, my third most popular blog category is body love. In fact, until recently, this was my all time most popular post. I started writing about body love because I wanted an outlet to explore all the complexities of a girl and her body. I'm not sure why it's so complex but it seems to be. I approach this topic a bit different than most because I've struggled with loving my body too. I struggled with loving my body for more than 10 years. Even through a substantial weight loss and some major changes to how I take care of myself, body love doesn't always feel organic. This is because loving your body starts on the inside. And although I have changed my physical body, old thoughts sometimes creep back in.
We can change our appearance, but what about our thoughts? Body love is a daily practice. Everyday I try and listen to my body's needs and remember that my body is a by-product of my thoughts and actions. Today my body is teaching me resilience and forgiveness. I am grateful my body is always willing to give me a chance to make things different.
We have to talk about these things. We have to understand that many people feel this way. You try to change your body with diets and exercise but what about your thoughts? Everything starts by changing your thoughts.
What I found when I launched 14 Days of Body Love is that women from all over are struggling internally with this. Women from all walks of life! It's right up there with stress and anxiety. And although I don't fully understand why, it's happening. Why is body love so difficult? Why can't we just tell ourselves how great we are!
What might happen if we told our bodies what they really want to hear? Words are powerful even if they are just thoughts. Here are 15 things your body would love to hear you say...I want you to love yourself from the inside out. This is something I have to work on everyday. My journal course is just one way to do this. There are many! You can meditate. Practice daily gratitudes. Connect with others who also struggle. Journal about your body and open that dialogue up. How does it feel when you say these out loud? Which ones feel empowering? Which ones are difficult to say?
From what I've learned through my own experiences - body love is something that starts within. It's a daily acceptance of your body and your choices. Thank you for reading! Please share this post. I think all women need to hear these things. -Andrea