Acceptance vs. Approval (of your body)
Saturday, November 16, 2019
This morning I watched short video from the November “My Mind My Body” newsletter, with the topic of accepting your body. This has been an ongoing challenge for me, as I know that the body I have now, and the body I hope to have someday, will never be the body of my dreams.
The author (Deborah Raphael, MA, Ed.S.), outlines four steps toward body acceptance:
1) Recognize that acceptance of your body is not the same as approval of your body, that it’s okay to mourn the body you wish you had but isn’t realistic.
2) Think of all that your body does for you (movement, breathing, function).
3) Recognize your negative thoughts. Change your thinking to neutral thoughts (“My hair is brown”), then transition to positive thoughts.
4) Think about who you are as a person, your character traits – ask yourself, “What makes me me?” We all have many good things that make us who we are – compassion, being a good friend, a good listener, good to our pets, etc.
None of this was new to me, I’ve read it and heard it before, many times. But it’s always helpful to hear it again.