As a therapist who specializes in Eating Disorders and Body Shaming, I understand all too well the impact that negative self-talk and body dissatisfaction can have on your mental and emotional well-being. Living with disordered eating and constant thoughts of body shaming can be overwhelming, shame inducing, and anxiety-provoking. However, there are ways to heal your relationship with your body and find peace with your physical self.
In this post, I will share 5 powerful words that can help you heal your relationship with your body and promote self-love and acceptance.
And I said to my body softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.”Nayyirah Waheed
Begin by finding a comfortable position, either seated or lying down, with your eyes closed. Take a few deep breaths and relax your body, releasing any tension or stress.
Now, I want you to imagine a peaceful and tranquil environment, such as a quiet beach, a mountaintop or a serene forest. Visualize yourself in this space, surrounded by beauty and tranquility. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell?
As you relax in this peaceful environment, I want you to bring to mind an image of your body. See yourself from head to toe, and observe any thoughts or emotions that come up for you. If you notice any negative thoughts or self-judgment, simply acknowledge them and let them go.
Now, I want you to imagine a beam of warm and comforting light shining down on you. Feel the warmth of this light as it surrounds you and envelops your body. This light represents the unconditional love and acceptance that you have for yourself and your body.
As this light continues to shine down on you, I want you to repeat the following affirmations to yourself, either silently or out loud:
As you repeat these affirmations, feel the warmth and comfort of the light intensifying, enveloping your entire being with love and acceptance.
Now, I want you to imagine a future version of yourself, free from negative self-talk and self-judgment. Visualize yourself confident and self-assured, embracing your body with love and acceptance.
As you hold this image in your mind, feel a sense of empowerment and resilience. You are capable of overcoming any negative thoughts or emotions, and you are worthy of love and acceptance just as you are.
Take a few more deep breaths, feeling the warmth and comfort of the light surrounding you, and know that you can return to this peaceful and empowering state at any time.
When you are ready, float your eyelids open, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and take a moment to reflect on the positive affirmations and empowering imagery that you have experienced.
In conclusion, healing your relationship with your body is a journey that requires patience, self-compassion, and understanding. By practicing these 5 powerful words – compassion, acceptance, gratitude, forgiveness, and love – you can begin to shift your mindset and promote a more positive and loving relationship with your physical self. If you are struggling with disordered eating or body shaming, know that you are not alone.
Support and help are available!
You don’t have to go through this alone! If you’re ready to move through this, then a counselor in Richmond, Va can help you in person and via online therapy. I used guided imagery, hypnotherapy, metaphor and storytelling to address Eating Disorders.
I take the scenic route when treating eating disorders because there’s less opportunity for shame to enter the room. And because eating disorders are about food and they’re not at all about food!
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