We all go through it. Every single one of us.  That bad body image moment.  You know those days when you just critique your body so much that you dwell on what your body isn’t rather than what your body is. When you look at a picture or in the mirror and nitpick yourself to pieces.

Sometimes the moment lasts literally a moment, but other times it lingers on and on. . . and on, and what a waste of time that is! Negative body image often leads to stress, anxiety and depression, and it usually adds to the problem by leading to weight gain through loss of motivation and emotional eating.

Enough said.  No one has time or energy to spend on bad body image.  So the second that moment hits, change it.  Here are a few tips to help you deal with that bad body image moment.

  • Meditate for 5 minutes.  Close your eyes, focus on your breath, and just allow the oxygen to flow deeply into your body.  The oxygen will automatically relax your muscles and release tension in a moment of stress and frustration.
  • Write down 3 things you love about yourself.  I know it may sound cheesy or simplistic, but it is so effective.  Forcing yourself to write down 3 positive things gives you gratitude and switches your brain to head down a more positive path.
  • Think about it less.  The more you obsess over your negative thought, the less likely a positive thought will enter your head.  So don’t allow yourself to mope in the negative thoughts. Think, process, and move on.
  • Focus on what actually matters in your life. Okay I get it, not everything about your body is perfect.  But whose body is perfect? No one’s!  And guess what else, you have your body, you have your family, friends, whatever it is you find important. You have that!

Conquer that bad body moment!  Need more tips or advice – contact me! I’d love to hear from you!

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