Take baby steps and celebrate the tiny wins. Rewire perfectionism—focus on the journey rather than success or failure. Tune into your own intuition and feminine wisdom by spending time in nature. Connect with like-minded people. Strive for balance, not goals. Acknowledge your own strengths and traits and design a lifestyle built around things that light up your body, mind, and soul. Lose the focus on physical health and incorporate practices to improve your emotional and mental well-being. Foster self-awareness and self-inquiry—every challenge is an assignment from which to grow. Improve confidence by building new skills. Celebrate all the seasons and own all the feelings—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Above all else, practice self-love, self-acceptance, and self-care.
This approach—an approach I now teach to other women looking to get rid of the guilt and shame in their well-being journeys— uncovered an unexpected realization.
That without empowerment, well-being is empty. You can do all the self-care practices in the world, but if you don't think you are truly worthy of success or health, you will never ever attain it.
When the intention is to become empowered, however, you open up the door to self-acceptance. And when you accept yourself, you can go after what you really want with confidence and light-heartedness. It's not about getting the rock-hard abs and then loving yourself. It's about loving yourself first so that you can get the rock-hard abs, if that's what you really desire.