One of my favorite exercises a previous therapist had me do was to detail things that the body does, functionally. Not what it looks like, but how it works. Our bodies do amazing things and function in many different ways. Here are some of the things I had come up with:
It pumps blood through miles and miles of vessels and veins.
Cells die every second, and our body makes new ones to replace them.
Hair can grow fast or slow, depending on each person.
Skin has different layers for protection.
Our body digests food and stores nutrients to be used for energy throughout the day.
We send signals from our brain to other body parts to make them do certain acts.
We breathe instinctively, don’t even have to think about it.
Our muscles expand and contract when we exercise, which helps circulate blood to the rest of the body.
We can feel a range of emotions, and our body can get them confused because some elicit the same types of reactions. For example, pain and pleasure.
Bodies have organs that help other organs functions. I like to think of it as a type of buddy system.
You are not:
…the stretch marks on your skin. They just show that you’ve grown.
…the size of your pants waistline. Some humans carry more mass that requires larger or smaller pieces of clothing to hold it.
…the amount of calories you think you need to eat. Calories are used for energy and are stored differently in each person.
…the friendships that you make
…the character you display each day
…the thoughts and opinions you have come to acquire
…the effort you put into each day to accomplish something or not
…a breathing human, who has so much worth in this world.
How you look should not take over the way you interact with people day to day. Saying “focus on the positives” is very cliché, but it’s true. Be kind to yourself first and foremost. Don’t make comments about your weight in a negative way, people don’t respond well to this. Try not to compare yourself to others. You will lose before you even started. There are so many more wonderful things to think about in this short time we have on earth.
Be proud of the body you have—you only get one!