We work so hard to help our family and our friends when they are struggling — so why is it so hard to help ourselves?
It is so important that we prioritize self-care as well. It’s like the oxygen on the airplane – you have to put your own mask on first so that you can get enough oxygen to help those around you.
Simply becoming aware of the habits you are engaging in may be helpful in shifting your own perceptions around food, exercise, and health. You can also try some or all of the following strategies:
- Treat your body with respect and practice positive self-talk and self-compassion.
- Look in the mirror every morning and give yourself a compliment or recognize three things about yourself that you’re proud of or thankful for.
- Try some physical activity outside of a structured exercise session that brings you joy and doesn’t revolve around improving fitness, changing body shape, or compensating for calories eaten. I’m a big fan of walking around the neighborhood and hiking whenever possible!
- Practice intuitive eating — pay close attention to your internal hunger cues and focus on eating what makes you feel good.
While these steps are a great start, you may still struggle with a preoccupation with food, exercise, or your body. Please feel free to reach out at any time. Click here to learn more about my nutrition coaching program.