When it comes to healing from years of body shame and body loathing it can feel counterintuitive work toward this one thing...
Decentering your appearance.
And do what instead, you ask?
Healing from dieting cycles, binge eating, disordered eating and body shame is hard work.
It’d be hard work if we lived in a vacuum! But what makes it even harder is living in a culture that glorifies and praises dieting tendencies and intertwines our worth with our bodies, our nutritional intake and our even health status.
In my work with women and in my writing, I bring up the concept of diet culture often. I wanted to dive into the concept a bit to provide you with context and some food for thought that I’m guessing could be needed, especially around this time of year (hello resolutions!).
Bad body image days, they happen to all of us.
This time of year can bring on all the feels. Which, in my experience, can significantly amplify how we feel in, and about, our bodies.
So, as we move through this stressful season of the year, it's important to be reminded of and armed with ways to cope with those tough moments, or days.
Something that one of my clients recently shared with me was that body image work is like an endless marathon. As you move into healing, the end point seems to get further away. But, over time you build up endurance to keep going, to keep moving, to keep believing in yourself. So much so that your initial anticipated destination doesn’t seem all that important. It’s process and the journey that really heals and truly sets you free.