Identify body parts you love
If you look in the mirror and think things like “I hate my thighs” or “I wish I were ten kilograms thinner,” you’re not doing your body any favours. Harsh self-talk is associated with negative psychological and physical health outcomes. Interestingly enough, however, daily body-focused gratitude can have the opposite effect, helping people feel better about their bodies, regardless of their body mass index, or BMI, according to a small 2018 study published in the journal Body Image.
Take action: To reap similar results at home, spend five minutes each day writing down things you like about your body. Maybe you love your legs or are really proud of how strong your arms have become. It doesn’t matter what you write, so long as you’re kind to yourself and consistent with your practice.
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