Affirmations for Healthy Body Image
Relationships take work. The relationships we have with our bodies are no exception.
Creating a healthy body image takes practice and constant vigilance as one’s body and circumstances change. With diet culture constantly bombarding us with misinformation, it is important to check in on a regular basis to assess the effect these messages might be having.
Achieving a healthier body image requires looking at the body through a lens of compassion, acceptance and gratitude to replace the lens of judgment that society tends to impose on us. Affirmations are just one tool for helping someone struggling with negative body image to peek through a compassionate lens and befriend the body. Affirmations are positive statements in the present tense and can be powerful, effective tools in challenging and overcoming self-sabotaging or negative thoughts.
Since body dissatisfaction and poor body image are not responses to body imperfection, we cannot combat them on the battleground of fitness, wellness, or body “improvement;” to heal, perceptions and old beliefs must change.
Below are some affirmations for cultivating and maintaining a healthy body image. You may…
- …write these on sticky notes and put them on your mirror or wherever you’ll be sure to see them.
- …incorporate these into an existing meditation or breath work practice.
- … journal or write yourself a letter on some of these topics.
- …share these affirmations with a friend who is struggling.
- …just keep them in the back of your mind for whenever you need to center and ground yourself.
Practice gratitude for your body
- I am grateful for my arms that hug my loved ones.
- I am grateful for my belly for receiving nourishment
- I am grateful for my ears that hear my favorite song and the sounds of laughter.
- I am grateful for my eyes for letting me cry
- I am grateful for my tongue for allowing me to enjoy so many flavors.
- I am grateful for [write your own here].
Practice seeing your true beauty
- My ability to forgive is beautiful.
- My ability to grow from mistakes is beautiful.
- My kindness is beautiful.
- My curiosity is beautiful.
- My body holds a valuable life.
- I accept my body the way it is.
- I am loving.
- I am happy.
- I am whole.
Practice befriending your body
- I am worthy of good things.
- My body image is my priority.
- I forgive myself for not being someone else’s idea of perfect.
- I deserve love and belonging.
- I deserve to take up space.
- My worth is independent of my weight, as well as other peoples’ opinions.
- My body deserves love from me and respect from everyone.
- I can do anything one breath at a time.
Join us for a free webinar: Approaching Body Image in Clinical Practice
Join Rachel Mintz, RD, LD, CEDRD and Whitney Bennett, MA, LPC, NCC, REAT-IT for Approaching Body Image in Clinical Practice
Tuesday, July 28th starting at 9:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM CT / 12:00 PM ET. We are offering 1 CE hour through APA, CDR, NASW, and NBCC for live attendance.
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