This week we are talking about body image. Do you feel good about how look? Most of don’t, and many of us engage in varying degrees of self loathing because of what our bodies look like and the physical ways in which we fall short of perfection.
DUMB, DUMB, DUMB. What a lot of wasted time and energy for beautiful accomplished women! Instead, I suggest that we combat negative body image in the following ways:
1) Appreciate the things your body does well and the ways in which you can love others and care for others because of your body. Be grateful for the health and capabilities you have.
2) Make a list of things you like about yourself, physically and non-physically. What positive things can you focus on?
3) Stop the negative voices in your head! DO not let yourself talk badly to yourself in the same way you would not let someone else talk badly to your mom, sister, daughter or best friend. Defend yourself against negative self-talk!
4) Screen your media. Be aware of the kinds of ideas and images that come to you through movies, TV, magazines, and social media. They are forming your mind and setting your beauty “standards” whether you know it or not!
5) Get some new clothes — ones that fit you well and flatter your body type. This will make a world of difference!
6) Convert the energy you might spend berating yourself, obsessing over numbers on the scale, or comparing yourself to others into a positive force for the good by focusing outward, on other people in your life who will benefit from your time and attention. There is so much good work to do! Get moving on it and you’ll soon be too busy to worry about your negative body image.
This week I share a great conversation I had with Olympic athlete, Rebecca Dussault. In addition to being a World Champion cross country skier, Rebecca is an amazing wife and mom and entrepreneur at Fit Catholic Mom. Rebecca takes a wise and balanced approach to fitness and combines it with Catholic spirituality in a way that is sure to inspire you!
Listener David sent an email sharing a moving story about how he forgave his sister and found peace and healing in the process.
As always, I am so grateful for your presence here. God bless your week!
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You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You