Ditch Your Resolutions – Shake Up Your Self-Worth

Ditch Your Resolutions – Shake Up Your Self-Worth

Coming into 2019, did you have a ‘New Year, New Me’ attitude?

Did you set yourself radical resolutions in an attempt to instigate meaningful change in your life?

The ‘all or nothing in the New Year’ attitude is a dangerous one.

Basing your self-worth on the ability to reach an unattainable goal is automatically setting you up for failure.

If you are setting goals that are unrealistic on the 1st January, unfortunately, they are still going to be unrealistic goals throughout the year. 

When you are unable to immediately satisfy these unrealistic expectations, you may become disheartened, and disappointed with yourself and your inability to achieve.

The reality is, these goals were never achievable in the first place, so no meaningful change can occur in this mindset.

Toxic Comparisons and Toxic Endorsements by Toxic Celebrities

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So often your ‘resolutions’ are influenced by what you see on social media or in magazines, without realising the underlying toxicity of comparison.

How many times have you seen an Instagram picture of a ‘skinny’ Instamodel, compared yourself, and not felt good enough or that your life wasn’t interesting or exciting?

This kind of comparison is deeply toxic and unhealthy.

When you compare yourself to others, you are doing yourself a disservice.

Furthermore, how many times have you seen celebrities endorsing weight loss products like ‘flat-tummy-tea’, ‘appetite suppressant lollipops’, or ‘skinny shakes’?

Have you ever purchased, or thought about purchasing these products under the promise they will make you look like these celebrities?

The unfortunate truth is that these products are unhealthy, laxative-based or stimulant-based, and provide your body with none of the nutrition it needs to function well.

These products will not make you look like a celebrity or give you the life of a celebrity (everything in your life will be the same and nothing will have changed).

In the New Year especially, celebrities take advantage of people hoping to better themselves by using exploitive phrases like ‘did you overindulge at Christmas?’ or ‘how to lose that holiday weight’.

They then market these expensive products with an exclusive discount code, which is usually a variation of their name, to track how many customers they are bringing in and their subsequent commission.

It’s imperative to remember that these celebrities are being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote these products to their impressionable fan base.

The Truth Behind ‘Perfection’

These celebrities will never cite what has really given them their aesthetics:

  • Plastic surgeons;
  • Nutritionists;
  • Personal trainers;
  • Personal chefs;
  • Photoshop artists, and
  • Other lifestyle elements that most of the general population will never have access to.

Therefore, it is so important to recognise when you are under toxic influences, and realise how they are affecting your self-worth, self-esteem, life satisfaction, happiness and ability to self-love.

Change of Attitude and Self-Love Endorsements by Ethical Celebrities

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Thankfully, more people in the spotlight are encouraging a change in attitude and calling out this harmful agenda.

A great example of this is Jameela Jamil, an actor in ‘The Good Place’…

In regard to scrapping all-or-nothing New Year’s resolutions, she encourages her following to ‘stop with the crazy diets, and instead of radical self-change, to strive for radical self-love this year!

This is a wonderful, empowering and uplifting quote; a refreshingly honest celebrity stance.

This is a woman to follow!

My personality is beyond all measurement!

Jameela herself suffered from an eating disorder.

‘I was the teenager who starved herself for years, who spent all her money on these miracle cures and laxatives and tips from celebrities on how to maintain a weight that was lower than what my body wanted it to be’. 

This is a classic example of the miseducation that influences young people, and how it can affect people well into adulthood. Jameela’s perception of self, much like most of us, was radically altered by mainstream media and social normalities. 

In response to the toxicity in the media, Jameela founded the i_weigh campaign, arguing that the true value of you cannot be measured on scale.

We are worth so much more than that.

Who we are is far more complex.

We are comprised of so much more.

And thus, i_weigh was born.

Related: Be More Confident By Growing Your Self-Worth

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Find Your Supportive Squad!

Start following people on social media who care about the betterment of other people and surround yourself with people and messages that lift you up and inspire you!

Stop following people on social media with unhealthy and toxic messages that make you compare or pull your self-worth down. If the message tear you down and make you feel awful about yourself, click un-follow or BLOCK!

Focus less on comparison, and instead practice gratitude about your uniqueness, because no one else is quite like you!

Appreciate what makes you, YOU!

Rather Than Setting Resolutions, Practice Self-Love!

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The person I am all-year-round is worthy of self-love!

This year, I challenge you to ditch your resolutions, and instead actively practice self-worth and self-love all year round.

At the end of the day, and all year round, you’re worth your weight in gold.

If you are stuck in a cycle of yo-yo dieting, body dysmorphia or disordered eating behaviours such as Binge Eating or Emotional Eating, Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you.

We help you to get to the root cause of your unhealthy patterns and behaviours that are keeping you stuck. 

We will support you to reach balance and sustainability for your health and happiness.

If you are ready to get off the rollercoaster, book an appointment with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic today!

Change How You Think and Feel About Your Body

Change How You Think and Feel About Your Body

Body shame and hatred is one of the most common issues faced by mainly females, but also males, in today’s world.

The connection between body and self has been significantly blurred.

Many males and females identify their own self-worth and self-image solely on their looks and body.

Society is teaching beliefs that:

  • The female body needs to be slim, tall, tanned and ‘beautiful’, and
  • The male body needs to be muscular, tall and tanned.

Without these attributes, society tells you that you do not deserve and cannot be:

  • Happy;
  • Healthy, or
  • Successful

This has a very dangerous impact on not only the psyche, but also on health, leading to long-term effects and potentially death, from such things as:

  • Anorexia;
  • Bulimia;
  • Anxiety;
  • Depression;
  • Addiction;
  • Cosmetic Surgery;
  • Plastic Surgery, and
  • Even Suicide.

The culture of self-image and body-image is only getting more ingrained.

We are seeing more and more boys with Eating Disorders and Body Dissatisfaction more than ever.

We are seeing children as young as 5 years of age with Eating Disorders and Body Dissatisfaction.

The good news . . . 

Body-image, body shame and body hatred are not fixed entities and can be changed.

Throughout life stages, the body changes, and you need to change and become flexible with it.

Just as you are not perfect, neither is your body, or will it ever be (even with surgery)!

To develop a positive body-image focus on the following things:

Three (3) Tips to Improving Letting Go of Body Shame and Improving Your Body Image

Tip #1 – Change How You Think About Your Body and Yourself

ACCEPT THE BODY YOU WERE BORN WITH!

You have the power to mould or shape it, so it feels healthy, strong, and flexible.

Trying to make your body look like someone else’s or conform to society’s concept is unachievable.

What is achievable is knowing that, you have the control and power over your own body as well as the power to accept and love yourself unconditionally. 

 

Tip #2 – Change How You Feel About Your Body and Yourself

Everyone is unique!

There is not another human being on the planet like you.

If you are unique then why are you conforming to the negative messages provided by everyone else?

It is time for you to decide about your own body-image.

Ask yourself:

If I did not know about any expectations from society about body size, shape, weight etc., what would I really think about my body?

Are my thoughts ONLY the product of societal expectations?

Be your own best friend . . .

Every time you say something critical or judgmental, ask yourself if you would say this to your friends.

If the answer is no, then you are being too harsh, and it helps you to change your response to yourself.

 

Tip #3 – Let Go of Body Shame and Hate Talk and Praise Your Body and Yourself 

I am so fat, ugly and disgusting

I am so embarrassed and ashamed by you

I can’t stand looking at myself

How did I even get here?

Do you say some of these things to yourself and your body when you look in the mirror?

If so, you need to change what you say to your body and yourself.

Here are a few things you can say to yourself when you find negative self-talk creeping in about your body and yourself:

  • My body is my home and I will not tear it down.
  • Hating my body does not change my body.
  • Health is not just about what I’m eating or what I look like. It is also about what I am thinking and saying to myself.
  • I will stop rejecting my body and embrace my body.
  • I accept and love myself for who I am now in this moment.

A body size, shape or weight will never make you happy or successful, if you are not happy within yourself and value who you are. 

People who have a healthy body-image have healthy self-esteem and self-acceptance.

When you are free from negative body-image you have more freedom to spend time on things you enjoy.

By being the best version of yourself you will find how to be happy and your true purpose and meaning in life.

If you struggle with poor body-image, self-esteem or self-acceptance, contact Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic today.

At Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic we can help you break free from negative thinking that maintains your poor body image and comparisons.

We will help you become the best version of yourself and build a life filled with satisfaction, balance, health and happiness.

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