Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have because it affects all of your other relationships. How you feel in your body affects how you feel about yourself. When we don’t feel comfortable in our own skin, it can be detrimental to our lives because it can be very hard to relate to others in a healthy way. Instead of noticing and appreciating positive qualities in the people we meet and interact with, we often judge, criticize and compare ourselves to them. This does not feel good, but we only do it because we don’t feel good about ourselves.
The good news is that our bodies are like living works of art in that they are moldable and constantly changing. They will take on the shape that we assign to them based upon our actions, beliefs and thoughts about ourselves. Respect your body by nourishing it with healthy food, happy thoughts, and daily movement. Take time to relax and connect with yourself even if it’s just for a few minutes.
When you start caring for and appreciating your body, it becomes better. Appreciate the things you do like about yourself and your body. We all have things about our appearance that we don’t like or wish we could change, but focusing on them in a negative way just makes them worse. Instead, focus on the things you do like. Start using your imagination to create a mental image of the way you want to look and feel. Then continue to do the actions that support your goals and focus on the benefits they’re bringing you.
Respect your body by drinking lots of water and feeding it nutritious food. Take the time to enjoy eating by giving it your full attention, and appreciate the people that grew your food and made it available to you. Eat slowly and enjoy the way that it tastes and feels on your body. We digest our food better when we enjoy eating it. Tell yourself that you enjoy nourishing your body, and thank it for all that it does for you.
Take time to breathe, and slow down and rest when you are tired. Some days we feel strong and energized and we can push ourselves more, and other times we feel exhausted and depleted. When you feel like that, the best thing you can do is give yourself a break and take some time to breathe. Our breath nourishes our bodies and calms our minds. Don’t treat your body like an enemy, treat it like your best friend.
Affirmations for cultivating a better relationship with yourself:
“I am loving and appreciating myself more and more.”
“I am becoming more attractive the more I love and appreciate myself."
“I am enjoying nourishing my body with nutritious food.”
“I am enjoying moving and strengthening my body, and I am strong and healthy.”