Throughout history women have mainly focused on their bodies and how they look to the outside world. With so much attention to the body, how do we meet the challenge of the constant body changes?
When you look at your body, what do you think?
Intellectually, we all know we get older and we all know we are getting older, yet our emotional life is in an uproar when our bodies don’t look the same. Have you ever looked into the mirror and thought “who is that person?” In your head you are still quite young, yet the body that reflects back from the mirror is an older, less familiar version. Do you scrutinize every grey hair or potential wrinkle on the horizon, or have you simply stopped looking?
What is inevitable?
The body changes! Different areas of our bodies replace cells at varying intervals. Some are replaced every week and others take as long as a year. We use our bodies, so potentially there is abuse as we go through our daily lives. Our bodies are exposed to the elements, such as sun, and this environment will have an impact on our bodies. Whatever the reasons, bodies change.
It is obvious that they change, yet what are your thoughts and feelings about the changes you see and how do you react to them?
What can we change?
Though aging is inevitable, we definitely have control over the process by creating a healthy environment for our bodies. Lots of women commit to regular exercise, eat healthy as well as emotionally take care of themselves. This type of activity helps refresh and replenish the body as well as the mind.
Science has afforded women the opportunity to look younger by cosmetic surgery. Wanting to look younger for as long as possible is a natural feeling and more and more women are electing to have surgery to delay the look of aging.
If you don’t like how your body looks, you can always include a healthy eating plan and lose the extra weight. We can choose to actively take care of our bodies.
There is an even more important change we can make…
Love It Anyway
The most powerful change we can make is to love ourselves and how we look in this present moment. I know it sounds simple and it is. We just have to put in some time and effort to reprogram our thoughts. Here are some basic tools you can use on a daily basis to love your body, no matter what it looks like.
First, Louise Hay has a great tool called “mirror work.” Here is how “mirror work” works: Go to your mirror or anytime you pass a mirror, look into your eyes and say “I Love you ____.” In the blank, insert your name. For example, if your name is Melinda, you would say, “I Love you Melinda.” Sounds silly, sounds awkward, sound untrue? It works!
Find out more about “mirror work” on Louise Hay’s blog: http://www.healyourlife.com/blogs/louise-hay-blog/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall
Second, start a “Gratitude” journal and every day thank your body for doing what it does. For example, “Body, thank you for getting me to work on time.” “Body, I love to dance and thank you for helping me have fun.” In the beginning, it’s usually good to have a specific time, say at the end of the day, where you thank your body for all the help it gave you during the day. You find your best time and don’t forget to do this.
Whenever you do something new and different, at first you will feel awkward or silly because you are not use to it. Yet, when you commit to 30 days of non-stop loving thoughts about yourself, you will respect your body for all the wonderful opportunities it affords you. And you will journey through life’s body changes with a positive belief in yourself.
Keep in mind that although our bodies are important to our living, we are not only our bodies. We are so much more! Our bodies get us where we need to go, yet we are rich with wonderful ideas, contribute in the work place, help others and give and receive love in our lives. Let your body be there for you so you can create the life you want and add value to the lives of others.
Karen & Pat