Accepting Your Body
People, especially women, struggle with accepting their bodies. When flipping through a fashion magazine or watching the latest television series, you’ve probably been fed the idea that being skinny means being healthy. Accepting your body is not as easy as you think especially when society has this idea or vision of a healthy body.
For those with bodies that don’t fit that criteria, this only makes accepting your body even harder. Thankfully, little by little, society is finally starting to realize that you don’t have to be skinny to be healthy.
Being healthy involves more than you’re your body shape.
Defining What is Healthy
A huge part of beginning to accept your body is to understand what the definition is of ‘healthy’. Most professionals agree that health is an encompassing ability of the body, mind, and spirit to function well.
This means you’re free from sickness and pains. This also includes mental health and the ability to be emotionally stable. Sure, you’ll have your ups and downs, but to be healthy, you’ll want to see a steadiness in your thoughts and moods.
Using this definition of health, you begin to recognize that ‘healthy’ will look different for everyone. The most important thing is to figure out what healthy means for you.
When do you feel at your best? Is it when you’re eating certain foods or participating in certain exercises? Is it when you sleep at certain times? These will all contribute to you finding out when you’re at your healthiest, no matter your size or shape.
How One Can Achieve Healthy Eating Habits
This doesn’t mean you have to be counting your calories or weighing your food. That’s a bit drastic. However, you do need to make smart food choices.
Eat lots of greens and drink lots of water. If you struggle with your diet, try changing one meal a day to be a vegetable-heavy meal. Once you’re accustomed to that, change out another meal, and so one, until you’re eating healthy for each meal.
Healthy Living Also Includes Daily Exercise
Exercise is right up there with diet when it comes to the importance of being healthy. If you have an aversion to exercise, try being active little by little each day. Find an activity you really like.
Granted, you may have to try several before you succeed, but don’t give up! Not everyone will be excited by the same activities, so don’t be pressured to do something you don’t enjoy. If you love swimming, do it as often as possible.
The same goes for running, lifting weights, rock climbing, or yoga. If you’re doing something you like, you’ll find it’s much easier to be active.
Your health journey is your own. It will look different than the journeys of the people around you, so don’t compare yourself to them. Do what works best for you. Don’t set unrealistic expectations.
And, above all, remember that accepting your body is the most important thing you can do for yourself.
Speaking of exercise, here is a traditional yoga exercise designed to enhance the circulation of blood and nutrients flow to your body: