I’ve been having a moment with my own body image.
I truly believe just about every person goes through some kind of ups and downs about body image. Society and culture tells us from as early as we can remember that we need to look a certain way, so it’s no wonder we sometimes doubt if we live up to that.
I’ve never actually talked candidly about my own issues with body image. There have of course been times I’ve looked at other women and thought “why can’t I have that?” There have been times I’ve been furious at my body for not working the way it should. There have been times I’ve felt less than and not enough. I have worked through a lot of it in various ways and am so thankful to have found a place I can LOVE and ACCEPT who I am and what I have.
The old voices can creep back in sometimes, though, bringing me down and making me question myself.
I’m doing the work again to turn that narrative around.
I just don’t have time for that kind of negativity and neither do you! We’ve got work to do in this world!
I am not saying we need to love or even like our body all of the time. I know that can be extremely hard depending on a multitude of factors.
But we have to find a way to get past the constant comparative and criticism and arrive at a place of acceptance and peace.
We need to realize we are MORE than our bodies.
As the book More Than A Body states, “Positive body image isn’t believing your body looks good. It’s knowing your body IS good, regardless of how it looks.”
It is important to remember that your body is your partner in this life. It is a lot easier to live in community with it than in constant struggle.
If you have moments where you ever doubt yourself, your strength, your value, your ability, your body, your looks or yourself, I encourage you to listen to this month’s podcast recording about body image. I talk about my history and the steps I use daily to get out of the negative mindset and into a place of confidence and belief.
It’s not always easy to face the voices in our heads but it’s always always worth the work to do it.