In the latest episode of Working Mom Balanced, I had the opportunity to share my personal story and experiences with weight gain, particularly after pregnancy. I come from a Dominican household known for their abundance of food and their tendency to comment on one’s weight at family events. Oftentimes, I found myself lost in knowing who I was with all these body insecurities.
However, through my personal development journey and focused mindset work, I realized the importance of addressing body self-care for emotional balance. The episode delve deeper into my three key strategies for dealing with body insecurities. The three strategies include feeling the feelings, being mindful of self-talk, and making a commitment to myself.
2:30 – My body journey post kids
9:46 – Strategy #1 – feel the feelings
12:10 – Strategy #2 – Be mindful of the language I use on myself
14:35 – Strategy #3 – Make a commitment to self
Strategy 1: Feeling the Feelings
One of the first steps in my journey towards body acceptance was allowing myself to feel the emotions associated with my weight gain.
Rather than ignoring them, I began recognizing when I was triggered or aware of my changing body and how it made me feel. By acknowledging these feelings, I opened the door to healing and self-compassion. I learned to be more constructive after feeling the feelings as to move forward and now stay the same.
Strategy 2: Mindful Language and Self-Talk
The language we use when speaking about ourselves and our bodies can significantly impact our self-esteem and overall well-being. I became more mindful of the unkind things I would say to myself and made a conscious effort to switch to positive self-talk.
It was important to develop self-awareness. I then understood the detrimental effects of negative self-talk which allowed me to cultivate a healthier mindset. And therefore, boost my self-esteem.
Strategy 3: Making a Commitment to Self
Instead of fixating on the number on the scale, I shifted my focus to how I felt in my new body. This meant committing to self-care, gaining energy, and finding joy in the process. I set goals that centered around holistic self care and well-being rather than solely on physical appearance. By doing this, I was able to redefine my relationship with my body and embrace a more balanced and positive approach to self-improvement.
Dealing with body insecurities after having children can be a challenging journey. However, by implementing these three strategies you can begin to cultivate body confidence. You get to embark on a path of self-acceptance and personal growth. Remember, you are not alone, and every small step you take towards loving and caring for yourself is a step in the right direction.
Let’s celebrate our bodies for their resilience, strength, and ability to create life. Embrace the beauty that lies within you. Embark on your own journey of self-discovery and body acceptance. You are worthy, deserving, and capable of finding joy and fulfillment in your unique and ever-evolving body.
If you haven’t listened to the episode yet, go take a listen here! You won’t want to miss it.
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