This week my friend, Crystal, showed me some amazing videos and articles about learning to love yourself. We all “know” we are supposed to think we rock, but what does it really mean? To accept yourself as you are right now?
How many times have you told yourself, “I will be happy if I could just have smaller thighs (or insert other body part here).” How about, “my life will be complete if I was pretty”? Personally, I know I have told myself that about a billion times (I would be a really rich lady if I could change that into dollars!
What if we took the time we spent telling ourselves all that and used it to tell ourselves that we are awesome RIGHT NOW just the way we are. Would it be possible to truly fake it until we make it? Telling yourself skinny thighs are the road to happiness hasn’t been working for you so far,so what do you have to lose by looking into the mirror and seeing awesomeness as you are?
During my adventures in Stumbleupon, I came across this video that really opened my eyes. It’s a super model, Cameron Russell, that talks about perception and how skinny thighs and shinier hair have NOTHING to do with happiness. You should really take a look at this video. It was quite eye opening and heartening to hear her talk about the “things we never talk about.”
I personally love her photos of herself on the same day at a shoot and then at the beach with a friend. She looks like a completely different person. It makes you realize just how much smoke and mirrors goes into transforming models into what they appear to be.
So, let’s make a pact right now. Starting today you will be kinder and more forgiving to yourself. It’s not your fault that you didn’t win the “genetic lottery.” That does make you a bad person, it’s just what makes you you!
For 30 days, try these steps to see how you can learn to love yourself as you are RIGHT NOW!
1. When you get up in the morning, say one positive thing to yourself in the mirror (yeah it seems silly, but do it )
2.When negative thoughts creep in, talk to yourself like you would if you were speaking to a friend.
3.Wake up in the morning and say out loud “I am going to accept myself today.” Then DO it!
4.Spend 20 minutes by yourself doing something you love (bubble bath, reading a book, etc) and just BE!
5.If you feel like moving your body, move! If you feel like eating healthy, do! Stop depriving yourself and listen to what your body is telling you!
It’s a short list, but it’s a powerful one! What can it hurt to try it for 30 days? You never know it just might work that you find yourself being a little kinder and learning to love yourself a little bit more!
What positive things are you going to say to yourself this month?