Your body is not you. Your body is a part of you, but it’s not all of you. You are body and soul. Body + soul = you.
Alright, I think you get my message. Are you rolling your eyes at me yet?
I talked about body image in my first post, especially since I think about my body and how it looks a lot. In fact, there’s a rare moment when I am not thinking about my body. Aren’t we sort of trained to think about our bodies all the time though? I mean, how many times do you scroll through your Instagram feed and see countless bodies showing off muscle, or half-naked bodies in bathing suits, or people in skin tight clothes, or the number of calories someone burned during a workout? Maybe you post pictures of yourself to show off your body and physical progress?
While I think there’s nothing wrong with that (I do it too, and it can be a great motivator and way to receive validation!), I just want to remind you that you’re so much more than that (I know I need reminding…). What makes you a beautiful and rich person is not how much you weigh, your skin color, your ability or disability, or your sexual experiences or non-experience — what makes you beautiful and rich is your personality, your interests, your hobbies, your passions, your love, your SOUL! There is so much good inside of you, not just on the outside.
Own today by yes, owning your body…and by loving the other parts of you. How can we do that? Here are a few ideas:
- Take time away from social media and body-obsessed websites/tv shows/movies/commercials
- Develop passions – writing, singing, drawing, reading, the list goes on…
- Talk to someone you have not spoken to in a while
- Seek out therapy, if you find yourself struggling and needing help loving yourself – there are options for you!
I know none of this is easy. This is coming from a girl who weighs herself almost every day, feels guilty for eating delicious meals, and thinks about how fat she must look when she’s talking to people. None of this is easy, but it’s possible. It’s possible to love yourself.
What I would love to hear from you in the comments:
- Do you agree or disagree with me? I feel like society is sort of body/body-image obsessed. Do you think so too? Why or why not?
- How does your own body image affect the way you feel about yourself?
- How does your own body image affect your relationships?
- How does your body image now compare to the body image you had during your childhood?
- What do you love about yourself that is not related to your body or physical abilities?