In my work as a body image and eating disorder therapist specializing in Binge Eating Disorder in Horsham, PA I talk with women everyday who don't believe that they'll ever be able to love their bodies.
Of course love feels impossible when you're coming from a place of hate!!
To start, why not shoot for body-acceptance?
When you come from a place of acceptance, you are starting in the here and now.
How you can feel better in your body. Because it's not good or bad, it just is.
There's no arguing that, right?
In this moment, there is nothing you can do to dramatically change your body.
But, what you can do, is focus on how you feel in it.
So, I've put together 5 quick tips to help jumpstart body acceptance.
1. Break up with the scale
Looking to scale for body-validation undermines your ability to believe that regardless of a number, you are enough just how you are.
2. Overhaul your closet
Stop staring at clothes that don't fit, or that you're praying someday will fit.
Donate what you're not comfortable and confident in to make room for what feels good on your body.
Take care of yourself by buying clothes that feel good on your body and that you're confident wearing.
3. Quit dieting
No diet ever starts out of a place of self-love or self-acceptance.
Taking dieting out of the equation allows you to reconnect with your body's natural cues for hunger and fullness.
4. Find ways to feel good in your body
Work to recognize all that your body does for you. How it serves you everyday.
Engage in activities that make your body feel good! Stop waiting and experience your life, and your body, in the here and now.
Treat yourself to massage, yoga, stretching, leisurely walks or touch to reconnect you to the fact that you can feel good in your current body.
5. Banish Body Talk
Recognize how you talk about your body.
Work to acknowledge how speaking negatively to and about yourself only increases anxiety about your body and body dissatisfaction.
When body-talk comes up, change the subject or share your goal to stop berating your body. Ask the people you care about to support you and to respect your goal.
I'm a self-love, body image and eating disorder therapist in Horsham, PA.
I help people make peace with their minds, bodies and food and learn how to see, appreciate and love all that they are.
I specialize in treating anxiety, binge eating and helping women learn how to stop dieting and really start living.
Questions? Get in touch here!