There’s no bigger bummer than sitting in your house all summer long because you feel fat. Yet year after year, too many women refuse to enjoy the summer because of body shame.
In the summer the clothing is lighter and there’s less of it (which makes perfect sense when you’re tossing around a beach ball). Short shorts, sleeveless tees and the thought of trying on bathing suits, are all potential summer stimuli which can cause many of us to turn right back around and head indoors where the air is blowing cool and no one can see our thighs.
Like a diet (from fun), isn’t this behavior just another form of deprivation which can lead to over-eating, inactivity and help ratchet up the stress? One more year without going in the water. One more year without getting on a bike, or playing tennis or taking a ride on a boat, or sliding down a water slide or laying on a sunny lazy beach.
One of the most important steps is to acknowledge that other people don’t care nearly as much about our (insert offending body part) as we do. In fact, it’s very likely that you’ll be admired for getting out, participating and adding to the fun and enjoyment for those people who love you and your company. And if people don’t like or love you? Who cares?
What you may discover is that getting back in the game will change your attitude and perspective — for the better. Perhaps you find it motivating, perhaps you’ll find it just plain fun and want to repeat the behavior again and again. Because becoming more active and engaged is one of best stress management busters around — and it just comes naturally.
Please share with us how you beat the summertime ‘I-hate-the-way-my-butt-looks-in-this-bathing-suit’ blues.