In today’s world, it’s easy to get caught up in other people’s seemingly perfect looks. On the surface, we know that the airbrushed model isn’t real, but for some reason, we keep holding ourselves to that impossible standard. After I had my first daughter I decided the self-hate needed to stop. She’ll have a lifetime to hear others call themselves ugly, and strive for the impossible. She didn’t need to hear it daily in her own home as well. Here are five tips that helped me feel more comfortable in my own skin.
I found things about myself I actually liked.
I stopped being so harsh about other peoples appearances.
I started realizing the clothes didn’t fit right, not that I didn’t fit the clothes.
I found myself enjoying time with my kids at the pool instead of worrying about what I looked like in a swimsuit.
I was able to find a healthier mindset about eating right to fuel my body instead of dieting to look better.
Sure, I would be super happy if I lost some weight. But I would be even happier if I felt strong, healthy, and provided good food for my family. This is the first time I’ve really been able to stick to a diet because my mind isn’t thinking about everything I can’t eat. Instead, I’m focusing on how much better I feel. And of course, I throw in a cheat day every now and then!
So, mom to mom, I challenge you to go one week being kind to yourself. If you find yourself starting up with the self-hate, give yourself a compliment. Also, put that negative thought in a sentence about your child. Saying that to your child sounds pretty horrible, right? So why say it about yourself? You and your body have done amazing things, it’s time to start loving it!