STRESS SERIES | Be Gentle With Yourself
We push ourselves hard. We berate ourselves for our food choices. We scrub our misbehaving skin into submission. We guilt ourselves into another 45 minutes on the treadmill. BUT what if instead we treated our bodies with respect and kindness? Would we feel differently, act differently, make different choices? This isn't a revolutionary concept, but it's definitely hard, especially when we are constantly bombarded with images of what society tells us we should look like.
Don't give up though. Self-love is what we should all be striving for. Being comfortable, no ecstatic, with who you are is really, truly the key to happiness. But remember that it's something you have to practice every day. It's not a static position. You will be challenged on a daily basis. The pressure to turn off that loving part of your brain and retreat back into a fear-based space is real. Through gentle acts of kindness towards yourself that you carry out on a daily basis, you will keep the flame of self-love lit. Stop criticizing yourself in front of the mirror and instead take a bath, go outside, get a massage, or do whatever it is that makes you feel wonderful.
And remember that change takes time. If you wake up tomorrow and don't see the results you were hoping for, be gentle with yourself and keep moving forward. Don't get mad or throw in the towel or assume your diet/exercise plan/skin care regimen isn't working. It just might be. Smile. Love yourself. And just keep going.