The first and most important thing you can do for your body is to focus on getting healthy—but the truth is, we all sometimes get hung up on how our bodies look, even if we know it's how we feel that matters.
While it's likely that you have no trouble coming up with a list of reasons why your body is not perfect (everyone, even top fashion models, is great at fault-finding!)—in reality, most of us have bodies that are pretty darn good!
Do you appreciate your body?
Do you even think about your body in a conscious way, other than to wish it looked better in jeans or a bathing suit?
A good way to shift your thinking in a more positive direction is to make a point to consciously find something about your body that feels good and then focus on it. This trains your brain to start experiencing how your body feels in a variety of situations, which can be helpful in interrupting that train of negative thoughts—the ones that make you feel stressed out, anxious, and unappreciative of the gifts your body brings you.
Start by taking a few deep breaths (always a good start).
Taking your five senses one after the next, think about what you are hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and touching, and how that makes you feels good.
- Are there birds twittering in your yard?
- If there's music playing, what instruments can you hear?
- What can you see that's pretty or interesting—colors, patterns, or shadows?
- Is the air scented by flowers or is something cooking that smells great?
- If you're eating a meal, eat slowly and savor—what's the best word to describe what you taste?
- If you're at the beach, can you feel the sun on your skin?
- What does the sand or water feel like on your feet?
Slow your thinking down by focusing on those sensations—you'll find there's plenty to feel good about!