1. TREAT YOUR BODY WITH RESPECT
Respect your body by meeting its basic needs of food, water, shelter, warmth, love and rest. Once you’ve mastered the basic needs then you can move onto meeting your psychological and self-fulfilment needs. For more information, check out Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
2. SPEND TIME ALONE
And do something nice for yourself and your body that makes you feel good. These actions show your body you appreciate it.
Here are some ideas:
- Engage in your hobby
- Paint your nails
- Take a warm bath or shower
- Read a book
- Take a walk in nature.
- Go shopping or browse alone
- Have a nap
- Get a massage/pedicure/facial.
- Avoid comparisons – Everyone is different with different circumstances. We don’t know where people are on their journey of body positivity just by looking at them. If you feel someone is doing better than you or whatever you think, just remember, we mostly see people’s highlight reel on social media. We often don’t see the posts that talk about how someone skipped breakfast and lunch in the hope to lose weight because they felt like they put on 5 kg from eating ice cream last night.
3. SPEND TIME WITH BODY POSITIVE PEOPLE
If this is hard for you to do, find people or groups online. You are welcome to join Nutrition Empowered Mums Facebook Group. The amazing like-minded women are all striving to improve in this area too.
Whilst you are looking for your body positive non-dieting tribe, unfollow the people that make you feel bad and advocate for dieting and/or weight loss.
4. WRITE A LIST OF 10 THINGS YOU APPRECIATE OR VALUE ABOUT YOURSELF.
Try to take the focus off your body shape or size. Focus on your personality traits, values, strengths and talents.
5. GET RID OF CLOTHES THAT DO NOT FIT.
Sell clothes on eBay or Gumtree.
Donate clothes to your local op shop.
Instead, wear clothes that fit well, make you feel comfortable and good about your body.
6. TALK TO YOURSELF LIKE YOU TALK TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…..including yourself!
You could also try rephrasing the negative sentence you said. If you are saying “Look at my legs, they are fat”. Say instead, “I am having a thought that my legs are fat”. This will help you to see what you are thinking and telling yourself is not often the truth.
You can also say something positive like these legs are amazing. They allow me to walk, run and jump and so on.
- Find joyful movement.
- Don’t view exercise as penance.
- Moving gets the endorphins flowing.
- Confidence comes from doing. So if you’re waiting to get confident before you try a new activity, you will never do it. Start today.
8. BECOME A CRITICAL VIEWER OF SOCIETAL MESSAGES
Don’t watch and follow people on traditional and social media that are negative, encourage dieting, weight loss, preoccupation with food/body and just make you feel bad about yourself.
Focusing on being more productive and helping others is a great way to not get bogged down in these messages.
Which point are you going to focus on doing more of this week?
Do you need more support? There are body positive ladies waiting to support you on your non-dieting journey. Join the Nutrition Empowered Mums Facebook Group.