Friday, January 20, 2017

4 Tips for Celebrating Body Positivity

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Do you ever look in the mirror and start putting yourself down? Maybe your hair isn’t cooperating that particular day or you remind yourself that it’s time to get back to the gym. Even though these silent critiques seem relatively harmless, constantly berating yourself can dampen your self-esteem while increasing your risk of depression and relapse if you are working on your sobriety.

But, there is good news! You can develop self-care strategies to celebrate body positivity. By adopting a healthier self-image, you can learn to break the cycle of negative thought patterns and feel better about yourself.

Want to promote a more positive self-image? Here are a few easy tips to help you get started!

(1) Consider yourself a role model for other women.
Negativity can become contagious – but positive ideas can spread like wildfire too! By celebrating who you are today, it can boost your self-esteem and inspire others to treat themselves in a compassionate way too.

(2) Celebrate what your body can do and everything that you can do! 
Remind yourself that your body is more than simply what you see in the mirror. It is an amazing gift that enables you to hug loved ones, enjoy long walks with your four-legged friends and feel the warmth of the sun on your face. Pretty amazing, right?

(3) Appreciate what makes you unique.
Are you proud of your curly red hair or hazel green eyes? One easy way to shut down your own inner critic is to consciously replace those thoughts with positive self-affirmations. Compliment yourself and be proud of who you are.

(4) Exercise for the sake of feeling strong and healthy.
Do you go to the gym just to budge the number on your bathroom scale? Consider reframing how you approach exercise. Think of your workouts as a tool to help you feel good about yourself - mentally and physically.

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