I know the feeling all too well:
You’ve just started to make peace with your self-critical demons of the past and put body shame behind you. You are almost beginning to forget the last time you had a negative thought about your body.
Then, something sets you off:
Maybe you catch yourself at an unflattering angle in the mirror or see a picture of yourself that doesn’t look how you imagined. Or perhaps it’s a comment from a friend, family member, or even a stranger that stops you in your tracks. Whatever the trigger, the spiral has begun. Suddenly you can’t STOP being preoccupied with your appearances.
You wonder: what happened to that version of me who felt so secure? Has all the work toward her body confidence been unraveled?
Take heart, brave soul, and know that the journey toward body positivity is not linear. We’re bound to encounter setbacks and body shame relapses on the road to healing. That’s why a strong support system and a set of effective tools are so important for navigating bumps in the road.
Next time you're experiencing a case of the body "blahs"—try using body positive affirmations.
Through affirmations, we consciously replace negative thoughts with positive words, with the ultimate aim of genuinely adopting the thoughts that are in our highest good. Over time and repeated use of the affirmations, positive thoughts are more likely to come to the surface unconsciously and automatically.
Now, I’m not talking about telling yourself a bunch of fluff and stuff. The key to an effective affirmation is that the words are TRUE. They aren’t outlandish statements that you have to trick yourself to believe. Rather, the affirmations are drawn from what you, in your most grounded, centered, and loving place, could state in truth about yourself.
Put these 12 mantras in your self-love arsenal for the next time you feel a spiral of negativity coming on.
Pick and choose the ones that resonate with you. Write them in your journal, speak them out loud in front of the mirror, or simply think them to yourself.
Rinse and repeat.
The thoughts you repeatedly affirm can become your truth.