3 Ways to Feel Confident in Your Skin

“Our bodies are a vessel for our souls.”

Ok, good. That’s the tip of the iceberg for the spiritual stuff and uber important. (We’ll dive into that another time!)

But today, I want to talk about the practical stuff.

As in, what the heck is going on with your body right now as we come out of this pandemic.  

Now, if you were one of those people who lived your best life, got in great shape and stuck to your raw, dairy free, gluten free diet—good for you! Like seriously. Awesome. I applaud you!

However, if you are NOT one of those people, pull up a chair, because a) you are not alone and b) you probably have a little unpacking to do around what just happened.

When all this began in March 2020, our minds went into overdrive.

Because there were so many unknowns, our brains were continually scanning the horizon for safety, leaving very little time for mental rest.

As a result, your body was likely on edge as well. (As you know, the mind and the body connection is the link between a person’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors and their physical health.)

This means that your body needed an EXTRA amount of care and comfort. 

But, who had time for that while scrambling to keep yourself and your family safe and cared for? (Don’t even get me started on those of you doing homeschool!)

Being in survival mode doesn’t allow our bodies the time and space to rest, recover, and restore itself.  

So, it’s no surprise that we did different things to try to get that comfort.

Maybe you sat on the couch more and moved less (because you were tired and needed it!) Maybe you ate more carb heavy foods and snacks (because we all needed comfort and sweetness in our lives when it wasn’t available elsewhere.)

I have heard from so many of you that your body changed more this year than it has in past years.

And while you know this space is never about weight loss, yes, many have shared that you are not comfortable in your bodies right now. Please hear that gaining weight is NOT a problem or something to be ashamed of!

But, how we think about it may be the cause of our suffering.

So, I want to share 3 ways to reconnect with your body to regain confidence and feel good in your skin.

1) Repeat this mantra:

Even if you moved very little, even if you ate ice cream for comfort every night, even if your body has changed, you have done nothing wrong. Your body is the one that helped to flatten the curve of a pandemic. It was on the front line saving lives. It was suddenly homeschooling. Your body was trying to make ends meet. Your body survived Covid. Every day, I want you to repeat this mantra of forgiveness. You have done nothing wrong. Your body is worthy of sunshine, rest and comfort, exactly as it is. Every day.

2) Embrace where you are.  

Maybe your body looks and feels different than it has in the past. Can you embrace where you are as a way of honoring all that your body has done for you this past year? Can you be with it? Can you buy clothes that fit this current version of your body? Can you stop having conversations about how you have to get “back into shape”? Can you stop focusing on the past and instead, bring yourself fully into the present moment with all that is? NOW is a beautiful place to live.

3) Decide how you want to move forward. 

I see this time as an opportunity to repave pathways on things I have done (or not done!) for my body. I want more massages. I want to stroll slowly more often. I want to lay around in the grass a lot more. I want to enjoy more luxurious meals with loved ones. I don’t want to push my body to the brink in any way, shape or form right now.

Rather than trying to return to the body you once were in, think about moving forward into the body you want to become.

Yes, your body is a temple that houses your soul. But remember, our bodies are living, breathing things that have aches and pains, get sick and recover, and need comfort and love. Our bodies need rest, nutrition, water, and movement.

Our bodies change and evolve throughout our lives.

I invite you to take this precious time to reconnect to your body in an entirely new, supportive, and loving way.

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In this season, I want all of us to think a little more about how we can connect with ourselves as we are. Right now. With no pressure to be anything else.

And that’s why I’m so excited about the new full length yoga class just released inside The Movement from Sarrah Strimel of Damn Good Yoga. This class is all about loving the body you’re in.

Join us in The Movement today, we’d love to have you.

xo,
Erin

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