Think about it: zipping up a pair of too-tight pants in the morning can set you off for the whole day. On the other hand, everything is right with the world when you feel you look good. Our mood and body image are undeniably linked “ the worse we feel about our waistline (or our thighs or our butt), the unhappier we are. And this negativity and stress can take a toll on our health as well, sending us into a sickly spiral of self-loathing. There are many reasons to stop the cycle and start loving yourself again “ here are just a few:
1. You are powerful
Your body is capable of phenomenal physical feats. Whether you like to run, dance or do yoga, you can do whatever you desire and you will not only be able to see the results, but feel them, too. Also, it’s no secret that exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins equal happiness “ and exercise and happiness equals good health.
2. You are influential
Too many young girls and grown women are stuck in an ˜I hate my body’ mindset. Be the change you’d like to see in the world. Positivity and self-confidence are contagious, and by setting an example for the other women in your life, you’ll prompt a chain-reaction of empowered living and create a strong circle of support for yourself and for others.
3. You are accomplished
On your dreariest days, it’s important to take stock of all of your assets. When we look in the mirror we tend to focus on our flaws to the exclusion of everything else “ but we are so much more than our frizzy hair and flabby upper arms. Remember that the people who love and admire you feel that way because they take in the whole picture “ your sarcastic sense of humour, your absent-minded doodling habit that turns out amazing artwork “ which you often fail to see.
4. You are loved
It may be a cliché©, but it’s also true: No one can love you until you love yourself. Confidence is like a magnet. Just by standing up straight and keeping your head high, you’re physically changing the energy around you, demanding “ and receiving “ the attention you deserve.
5. You are in control
Changing your mindset is key to your happiness and your good health. The positive decisions you make “ switching out fast food for fresh fruit, choosing loving over loathing “ can help your body thrive. And the more respect and love you show your body, the better it will treat you.