How to Overcome Body Shame and GuiltMay 01, 2023
If you're reading this, chances are you've struggled with body shame and guilt at some point in your life. It's a common experience, but that doesn't make it any less difficult to deal with. The good news is, there are things you can do to overcome those negative feelings and start feeling good about yourself again. Listen to the Confidently She podcast episode about this topic on iTunes and Spotify.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Practice self-compassion
First and foremost, it's important to be kind to yourself. When you find yourself feeling ashamed or guilty about your body, try to talk to yourself as you would talk to a friend who was going through the same thing. Be gentle, empathetic, and understanding. Remember that everyone has insecurities, and that it's okay to feel vulnerable sometimes.
2. Surround yourself with positivity
The people you surround yourself with can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself. Try to spend time with people who uplift you and make you feel good about yourself. Avoid people who bring you down or make you feel bad about your body. Remember, you deserve to be around people who make you feel happy and confident. Listen to this episode of Confidently She to get started!
3. Focus on what your body can do
Instead of focusing on how your body looks, try to focus on what it can do. Your body is capable of amazing things, whether that's running a marathon, dancing, or simply taking a walk in the park. Try to appreciate your body for all that it can do, rather than criticizing it for what it looks like.
4. Practice gratitude
Take some time each day to think about the things you're grateful for. This could be anything from a supportive friend to a beautiful sunset. By focusing on the positive things in your life, you can start to shift your mindset away from negative self-talk and towards appreciation.
5. Seek professional help if needed
If you're really struggling with body shame and guilt, it might be helpful to call in reinforcements. A therapist or body image coach can help you work through your feelings and develop strategies for feeling better about yourself. Remember, there's no shame in seeking help when you need it.
Overcoming body shame and guilt is a process. It won't happen overnight, but with time and intentional effort, you can start to feel better about yourself sooner than you think. Be patient, be kind to yourself, and know that you are worthy of love and respect, no matter what your body looks like.