Shut down your inner critic that says you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person for how you look or what you eat. Replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. Make a list of affirmations that work for you and refer to it when that negative voice is strong. Don’t let yourself make statements about you that you would never make to a loved one. You deserve as much love as your kids, parents and significant other.
Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body. If your clothes are too tight or not flattering, you will spend your time worrying about them, making it hard to enjoy life. buy clothes that fit regardless of the size. No one sees the size but you!
Become a critical viewer of social and media messages. Pay attention to images, slogans, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Remember most of the images have been doctored up or alter in some way to make the person fit the “ideal” image.
Do something nice for yourself! Your body deserves some love! Go on a walk. Take a hot bath. Lounge outside in a hammock. Spend some time in quiet meditation.
Stop obsessing about food, calories, and your weight. Find other ways to spend your time. Volunteer to help others. Spend time with family and friends. Go on a walk. Use your time doing the things you love.
Adapted from the National Eating Disorder Association.
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