This week I fell down the stairs and injured my back/hip/tail. I’m in pain and it’s hard to move…
My go-to feeling when I’m sick, injured, laid up – is FRUSTRATED. I’m a physical being who needs to move in order to feel complete. I detest being forced to be still.
I had to teach a class this week – the topic? GRATITUDE for your body. Reframing our negative voices about our body into giving thanks.
As I was sitting there with an ice pack on my a$$…I thought, “Holy crap…thanks Universe.”
Because here was the opportunity to actually stand in my frustration, reframe my attitude towards my body, and then teach a class on it…
So that’s what I did. I centered myself, took a piece of paper, and wrote 5 things that I was grateful for in that moment about my body…
What are your 5 things?
Gratitude is a powerful tool to bring into your toolbox of Self Compassion. It helps turn your attitude from “UGH this body is too __(fill in the blank)__ or not enough..” to “My body is fantastic and I’m grateful for it. Click here for an actionable step to take right now on your journey of loving the skin you’re in.
We spend a lot of time worrying about what our body looks like.
A LOT of time.
Often that energy turns into loathing, flagellation and negative thoughts toward your beautiful self.
When you notice this happening, try thinking about all of the amazing things your body can DO. Because it’s pretty f(*&king miraculous.
Click to see more – Focus on What Your Body Can DO
Let’s change this one-note tune that we’ve been singing for soooooo long.
What are you letting in? How is it making you feel? Why are you letting it into your space? Your space is yours to be protected.
You ever have those days that your ass apparently has grown two sizes overnight?
I have those. I wake up and I am like, “What in the actual f(*&?”
But I remind myself that it’s an illusion…it’s all in my head.
There isn’t any WAY to gain two sizes in my sleep.
Back in West Michigan, I interviewed a recovering bulimic. She was an Olympic medal winner who was outspoken about her disordered eating. She told me that when she has those days, she thinks hard about what’s stressing her out. For her, stress = illusion of weight gain. Once she could figure out her stressor, she could be like, “Ahhhh…that’s why.”
So what do you do when you wake up and feel this way?
Change your perspective.
Here are some tools that may help when you wake up and feel uncomfortable in your skin. Click here if you want to print them out and stick them up by your full-length mirror.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
So much peace and love, Sarah
The place where I live
It doesn’t matter where I am
This body holds me, moves me
I sense, feel, love, think, am