STOP Signs to Happiness #185
How many negative thoughts do you have each day about your body? It’s ok, admit it. I promise not to tell.
If you’re like the average woman, according to a recent study by Glamour magazine, you have 13 negative thoughts a day about your body. Some women admitted having as many as 50 to 100 negative body thoughts a day!
This study made me happy and sad. Happy to know I’m pretty much like every other American woman who beats herself up on a daily basis, and sad to know that American women beat themselves up on a daily basis.
I think it’s time to Spring Clean those negative thoughts. For the next 66 days (the average amount of time it takes to form a habit according to a recent study by University College London), I’m going to focus on throwing up a big pink Stop Sign in my mind when I start going down the “wish I had a bikini body” road. Instead, I’m going to focus on all that my body allows me to do each day that I take for granted … walk the dog, hug my kids, take a stroll through a park, go to work … you get the picture. Frankly, I don’t have time to ruminate on what I don’t have … I need to start appreciating what I’ve got! What about you? Are you willing to STOP bullying yourself too?
Read It: Read the Glamour article here for more great ideas on how to overcome that little voice in your head. (BEWARE: The pic on the article is one of the reasons 97% of us have negative body images! Not the best choice, Glamour.)
Do It: Make a mental note every time your body makes your life easier for you. It’s working overtime, and we’re not even appreciative!
Think It: “Everybody is unique. Compare not yourself with anybody else lest you spoil God’s curriculum.” Baal Shem Tov