3) Dial-up your inner cheerleader: acknowledge and celebrate all that your body does for you
Think about everything your body has ever done for you and all it continues to do for you – without you having to think about it. The children you've had, the distances you've traveled, the sports you've played, the illnesses it got you through. All the amazing things your body has allowed you to do, by merely showing up, without ever being asked.
Pretty incredible, when you think about it like that, right?!
There's also a gorgeous sparkle that comes through people who regularly appreciate and love things about themselves.
If you've ever found it challenging to find just one thing about your body that you love, start with something little, such as the curve of your ears, your pinkie toes, the shape of your fingernails, the twinkle in your eye, or mischievous grin.
Then send love to that area and let that love expand and grow to encompass all of you. If you practice sending love to that area, particularly when looking at yourself in the mirror right after you get out of the shower, you'll begin to experience a sense of body confidence that only self-love brings.
4) Dial down your inner-critic: how you talk about your body matters
Arianna Huffington is often quoted as saying, "Even our own worst enemies don't talk about us the way we talk to ourselves."
Hmmm. Ain't that the truth.
But here's something else many of us also don't realize – we each have the power to turn on our inner-coach and choose our words wisely. Because the words we use have tremendous power.
There's an old saying that says the words that follow "I am" will eventually follow YOU.
Body-confident and successful people in general, choose their words wisely because they know words have power.
Statements like "I love…", "I do….", "I can…" have a very different effect on our energy and impact, compared to words like "I should…", "I try…", "I wish..".
When you use stronger, more intentional language, it not only impacts your mood, and your confidence, but also the way other people perceive, describe, and think about you.
The great news is that our thoughts and words are one of the very few things in this world that we have complete control over.
So try this exercise: refrain for 1 week from using any negative language to describe your physical self. Yep, that includes your face, hair, skin, weight, legs, feet!
And if someone offers you a compliment about your appearance, enthusiastically say Thank YOU! Without qualifying that with a "Yeah, but my _____ is too big/small.”
Or if someone starts the negative train game about their own body, please don't chime in!
Try this for a week and see what happens – always use your words with intention, and in your favour!