This dress makes me look fat! Why is my skin looking dull? Another pimple pops up, right when I have to go out. I should stop eating carbs or maybe skip a meal. Even water makes me bloat! As women, it’s totally normal to have these thoughts, making us stress out in more ways than necessary. When it comes to our own bodies, a lot of us suffer from body image issues. Learning to embrace our body as it is and striving to be healthy is…. Easier said than done, right? Today, we dive into the depths of being mindful and healthy together, because here at the Be Boss Mama Mindset community, we are all about embracing life’s imperfections because in between the struggles there is always goodness. This is the power of focusing your attention and daily habits into healthier ones, slowly moving to be better versions of ourselves! Let’s dive in…
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Body that meets the eye
Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and all you can do is find faults in the way you look? This is the simplest way to define body image issues. Your pretty eyes can only see the dullness of your skin or the weight you’ve put on even though you starve yourself. These issues are not always self-inflicted. Our family, friends, social media and the society in general can unknowingly make us believe things could be wrong with us. A casual remark from someone can wreak havoc in a person’s life.
A new mother, with tons of worries, juggling her health and her baby is casually told that her hair is a mess or she should start to lose weight. The impact of these seemingly insignificant words could be seen as too much. The perception of your own body plays a crucial role in your physical and mental health. Let’s briefly see the impact of negative body image on your health.
The aftermath of negativity
The stress caused by perceiving yourself negatively and actively trying to change the way you look can be detrimental for your health. Negative body image can lead to eating disorders, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, pathological dieting that harms your overall health to name a few.
Moms overcoming their body issues with mindset work
Now that we know what the aftereffects are, it’s time we curb the negativity. Let me tell you a real-life transformation to make you believe it’s possible. The story of Miranda Casiano. Like most teenage girls, Miranda had a preconceived notion of a beauty standard set by the American culture. By the time she was in high school, she was on the crash diet bandwagon. Trying every possible diet to lose weight and gaining it back when she stopped. During the college years her mindset started to shift towards healthy eating and she started seeing the positive changes. A horrific accident wrecked her knees and put her on bedrest, yet she continued to lose weight and recovered by fueling her body with the right nutrition! After being committed to a healthy lifestyle for a few years and overcoming the obstacles of negativity, she now aims to become a registered dietician! Inspired by her journey? Read her inspirational book here!
Simple ways to be your best self
All geared up to be your healthiest version of yourself? Here are a few simple steps towards taking care of you! MIND, BODY and SOUL!
- Accept yourself! You are beautiful just the way you are.
- Eating does not equate to weight gain. Be mindful of what you put in your body.
- Strive for a healthy and sustainable routine.
- Start tracking your habits #bulletjournal #dailyjournalchallenge (download Free Bullet Journal Tracking Planners here!)
- Keep your mind, clutter-free!
- Exercise for the body and the brain, make the endorphins (happy hormones) your best friend
- Yoga and meditation are a boon to humanity, embrace them!
- Journal your way out through the chaos.
Keeping track of your daily routine, journaling and maintaining a habit tracker are the easiest ways to begin your journey to improving your mindset. We are so committed to helping you achieve balance and health, we made a set of bullet journal FREE PLANNERS with water trackers which we will send you when you subscribe to our blog!
Battling negative body image issues is crucial. But we have got you covered. Do give the book a read to start your journey towards acceptance. Let us all reach a place where we are content with ourselves- TOGETHER!
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