February 25th - March 3rd is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, a perfect time to show your body some love.
As someone in recovery from an eating disorder, I know what it’s like to have a less than great relationship with your body. My distorted thoughts often had me view my body as something to fight against and change at all costs. Today, I am lucky to have a better relationship with food and my body, but I also have my bad days. On these days when those pesky ED thoughts pop into my head, I try to show my body some love. Here are ways you can treat your body this month.
1. Soak it up
Your body works hard, it deserves some rest. Pour in that bubble bath and let your body soak in the comfort. Feel free to indulge in good book while you’re at it.
2. Shake it out
Turn up the tunes and dance like society doesn’t have unrealistic expectations for your body shape. May I suggest a body positive playlist?
3. Catch some rays
Sunshine contains natural vitamins and minerals that your body needs to feel its best. Take a quick stroll around the block or read a book near a sunny window.
Everything feels worse when you’re in need of a good stretch. Take some time to ease your body - and mind with a quick yoga routine. Need inspiration? There are plenty of free yoga videos online!
5. Book a massage
Feeling extra fancy? Book yourself a massage. Sore bodies deserve to be pampered. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, try soaking your skin with aromatherapy lotion. Breathe in and relax.
6. Get down
Sometimes there’s no better way to love yourself...than to love yourself! Self touch can be very rewarding for your body and releases dopamine, our body’s natural feel-good chemical.
7. Make a gratitude list
It’s easy to look in the mirror and list all of our flaws. Try writing down 5 things your body does that you appreciate. Try another 5 things your body is good at. How about 5 things you love about your body? Keep adding until you’re full of body love.
8. Find support
Sometimes you need a little help, that’s okay! Call up a trusted friend or family member on a bad body day. If you find yourself having more bad days than good, seek professional help. Looking for an online program to keep you accountable? Check out Workit Health today!
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Brooke Houser is the Head of Care Management at Workit Health and committed to helping Workit members with whatever, whenever. Brooke is a master's level social worker with special interest in addiction and telemedicine. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and listening to true crime podcasts. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke_Houser_ .