Have you dutifully been repeating I am beautiful and my skin is glowing (or whatever other affirmations and mantras you like) to the mirror each morning?
And if so, do you feel like you still haven't experienced any significant shift in your relationship with your body?
You're not alone. Changing your relationship to your body is tough work, and it's even more tough when you want to accomplish such a tremendous shift by talking to yourself in the mirror each morning.
While I'm not saying that affirmations never work, I am saying that they don't work for everyone. Specifically, here's something I've learned empirically while working with clients as a coach: unless you take focused action as a result of your daily affirmations then they're going to be nothing but words. As my mentor once told me, "Awareness without action is just awareness."
That's why I've put together this list of nine ways to take action, right now, to create a more loving relationship with your body.
1. Turn up the volume.
Put on some music you love, whatever genre you like, and close your eyes. Get quiet for a moment, and allow yourself to tune in to your body. Then consider the fact that you can experiment with truly letting go, and releasing self-judgment, even if for just a few moments.
Remember, personal growth is a practice, so give yourself permission to feel what you're feeling and allow your body to move the way it wants to. At the same time, hold space for experimentation! Invite the wild woman within to come forth and allow her to fully inhabit every cell in your body.
2. Get colorful.
On a weekend day (or whenever you aren't required to be at work), get some body-paint (make sure it's washable) and start decorating your body with them. Write loving messages, express gratitude, draw images that signify kindness, warmth and good energy for you. This is a great "right-brained," creative way to help you appreciate your body more and most importantly, to have fun with it, and in it!
3. Embrace getting dirty.