I explained in a previous post that I gained some weight due to a medical problem several years ago and it made me really uncomfortable with my body. The weight was stubborn and didn’t want to come off even with extreme dieting and exercising. I was really depressed about how I looked.
At that point, there was only one thing left to change – my mindset. Part of learning to love my body was standing in front of the mirror and repeating self-acceptance mantras with the hope I would believe them one day.
Here are some of the self-love mantras I used on my journey to body acceptance:
- I am worthy of love at any weight, shape and size.
- My self-worth is not determined by numbers that describe my body.
- My actions alone define my success.
- I will not be my own bully.
- My body deserves love and respect.
- I am allowed to take up space.
- I love my body because it can _____ (name something your body can do).
- Today I loved my body by _____ (name something good you did for your health).
- The differences in our bodies make us unique, not flawed.
- I am beautiful the way I am.
Here’s the deal: Positivity breeds positivity. If you force yourself to start thinking positively, it slowly starts to come more easily. When negative thoughts started creeping in, I would sneak away and repeat one of my self-acceptance mantras out loud to myself. I was literally drowning out the negativity.
I don’t need to use these much anymore. I’ve reached a place where I generally feel good about myself. If I’m having a bad body image day, I repeat a few mantras. It doesn’t ruin my day anymore. I know those feelings will pass. But this wasn’t always the case and it was a long journey to get here.
I hope if you’re having trouble loving and accepting your body, you’ll try using some of these mantras and see how it helps you. Do it for a few months. Change takes time.
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