Loving Your Body this Summer!

Summer can be a time for great freedom.  School is out and many of us take longer vacations or enjoy some weekend time at the beach.  Those of us who live in cold weather climates during the winter, the summer can be a welcome respite and chance to enjoy playing and relaxing outside.

For some people, summer puts an unfortunate spotlight on their bodies.  They feel uncomfortable with less clothing to cover or hide under.  And some people even stay inside to avoid the discomfort of wearing shorts or tank tops or bathing suits.

Here are some quick tips to help you start loving your body more right now!

  • Start every day with a compliment.  Wake up in the AM, look yourself in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth and saying something nice to yourself.  Make eye contact with your reflection.  Be sincere and smile as you are saying it  
  • Appreciate your body for its abilities, not its appearance.  Instead of focusing on what your body looks like, focus on what it can do.  Can you play an instrument or do 20 push ups or take your dog on a long walk every day?  Highlight the substance, not the superficial.
  • Treat your body with respect.  Take care of it everyday by practicing good hygiene, positive self talk and a wonderful self-care routine.  Exercise, eat nourishing foods, sleep well, laugh and relax.  Think of your body as the vessel that will take your mind and soul through to the end of your life.  Treat it well.  You only get one!
  • Stay off the scale.  Your weight is just a number and is not the only measure of physical health.  Do not get stuck on a number but, rather, focus on the overall picture of health and well-being.  Make overall goals for health that do not include number goals.

Follow some of the above tips and you will create an environment of lovingkindness and peace with your body for this summer and always.