In today’s media driven environment, the number of seemingly perfect people, living perfect lives are relentlessly flashed before your eyes every minute of every day.
For many people this constant assault has led to years of pain and suffering.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s an airbrushed model or actor, a buff pro-athlete, or a Facebook friend using an image enhancing app; you must resist the urge to compare yourself to these unrealistic societal standards.
Here’s how to love your body just the way it is.
Use this opportunity to begin your day fit and focused. Establishing healthy morning rituals will enhance the quality of your life.
A daily yoga practice is an easy to incorporate and natural remedy to awaken your body. It can set the tone for your day; and when done regularly can be energizing and healing.
From pumping 2,000 gallons of blood through your heart to breathing 17,000 breaths every day your body performs miraculous feats.
Begin to think of your body as a finely tuned instrument, rather than an ornament. Appreciate it for all the wondrous things it does for you all day, every day.
Be grateful for who you are and what you have; take time to reflect on your blessings rather than your blemishes.
Set your sights on being healthy and strong. Bringing your mind, body and spirit together is an empowering combination to living a fulfilling and abundant life.
It’s time to stop beating yourself up and start being your body’s best friend instead of its worst enemy. You should be creating a fitness routine designed to suit your abilities and interests.
Find ways to improve your physical health that promotes fitness, cultivates friendships, and raises your spirit. Getting fit will be a slow, steady process and the secret to getting ahead will be getting started.
Whether you like it or not, you are greatly influenced by those closest to you.
Research has shown that your relationships will greatly affect your way of thinking, self-esteem and decision making. Surround yourself with people who contribute to your life and bring you joy; let go of those that don’t.
Demonstrating to others that they mean something to you, you are recognizing that their life matters. Simple acts like volunteering, donating blood, or a thoughtful word brings you closer to others and will brighten your day.
The act of kindness is often referred to as ‘helpers high’. Producing extreme happiness followed by a sense of peace and inner well-being; you will reap benefits from the smallest of gestures. Winston Churchill said it best, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Be a go-giver instead of a go-getter.
Express your personal style and wear what makes you feel confident. Trust your instincts and seek inspiration; pull together things that speak to you.
Forget about your dress size, it’s not what should be dictating your self-confidence—feeling authentic and beautiful in what your wearing should. When you feel confident you will be at your best. Notice how you stand taller, smile brighter, and move through the day with purpose. Or as Diane von Furstenberg put it, “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good."
Adopting healthy bedtime rituals can have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the following morning.
It's easy to fall into the trap of replaying negative situations from the day that you wish you had handled differently. Regardless of how badly the day went, successful people typically manage to avoid that pessimistic spiral of negative self-talk because they know it will only create more stress. Take time to reflect or write down all the things that happened and what you feel grateful for.
Create a new relationship with your body by letting go of unrealistic expectations perpetuated by electronic and print media. Stop staring in the mirror seeing only flaws and failures; picking your looks and life apart. Slam the door and nail it shut on your negative frame of mind.
When you are able to live in harmony with your body it will be the instrument to achieving your dreams. Learn to honor and respect it, because even with all of its flaws, it is a remarkable gift.
Follow these tips and learn how to love your body the way it is. Because while you may not be perfect, parts of you are excellent!
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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