But when you hate your body, summer can be particularly treacherous. You can no longer cover up your body with lots of layers (at least not comfortably). You may want to spend some time at the beach or the pool, but the thought of actually wearing a swimsuit may fill you with anxiety.
If you’re anything like I used to be, you’re probably finding yourself:
- Struggling to get dressed in the morning
- Worrying about your weight and what if anything you can do to change it
- Thinking of ways to cover up your body and camouflage “problem areas”
- Fighting with yourself over whether or not to wear a swimsuit
- Wondering if the new folks you meet will judge you for your body
- Asking yourself when your mother/friend/doctor will stop nagging you about your weight
Being the smart person that you are, you can often identify these questions as internalized messages about what your body “should” look like in order to be socially acceptable and worthy.
And while you can often intellectually acknowledge that these messages are wrong, you may still feel ashamed about your own body.
Wouldn’t it be really wonderful to break these negative patterns and really love your body? What else might you do, be, or have? How would you feel at a party, at work, on a date? How would you feel getting dressed in the morning?
What else could you do with all that time and energy that you normally lose to worrying about your body and feeling ashamed of it?
Whether you’ve been practicing body positivity for a while or just want to dip your toe in and see what it’s all about, I think you should check out my new, super-affordable e-course, Summer Of Body Love! I’ve specifically designed an e-course to give you the body positive, loving support you deserve. All of the content is designed to align with Health At Every Size® (HAES®) and fat positivity.
We get started next week, so don’t delay!