Power of the Mind - Better Body Image Be honest, when you look in the mirror, where do your eyes go; where do your thoughts go? If you’re like most, you’re looking at and thinking about the parts of yourself you want to change, the ones you are self-conscious about, the trouble zones. We suck in our stomachs, boost up our assets, and cover up with makeup, anything to just look different. We put so much focus on what we want to change that this list starts to be constantly repeated in our heads. Repeating those thoughts and feelings starts to train your brain . Unfortunately, that means you’re training your brain to put a negative picture together of yourself. Ready for a real-world example? You’re browsing through Facebook photos of your ex’s new fling. At first you can’t deny her beauty. As you keep scrolling, she starts to seem less attractive to you. Why? The negative emotions and feelings you hold towards her are training your brain to see a different picture. Such a negative, viscous cycle. It’s time for a change. It may feel cheesy and unnatural, but it’s time to retrain your brain. Grab a journal and start jotting down positive things about yourself. List as many compliments as you can, about your body and every other wonderful thing about you. Look at this list daily. Yes, daily. Repeat it in your head while you’re working out. Next time you look in the mirror, skip over the parts you previously honed in on and stare at the parts you’re proud of. Apply these same practices to your thoughts about others. Rather than comparing yourself to someone else, think about your differences. They aren’t better or worse, just different. What makes you special and unique? What makes her special and unique? Could you be overlooking someone’s life experiences, troubles, challenges, and skipping right to what’s “wrong” with them or their appearance? I’m willing to bet those negative thoughts don’t make you happy. Catch yourself and retrain your brain. Compliment that person in your head (even better if you can tell them to their face!). You’ll feel lighter and happier than you would carrying around constant negativity. You’ll slip up and revert to your old ways; it’s inevitable. The best thing is, you have a choice. You and only you can decide how you’ll think, how you’ll feel. So a negative thought popped up, that’s okay! Acknowledge that it happened and counter that negative thought with a few positive ones. Changing the way your mind works requires practice. Chances are, you’ve created these patterns over a long period of time. So, allow yourself the same amount of time to change your train of thought. With persistence and effort, all of the negativity that flooded your brain will be replaced with self-love, self-respect, gratitude, and happiness. About the Author: FHMatch , all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|