Fight Weight Stigma with Self Compassion

By Marsha Hudnall
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To kick off Weight Stigma Awareness Week, Darla discussed yesterday here on A Weight Lifted how important it is to be aware of body negativity and criticism.  Before we can make behavioral changes, we must first notice negative self talk and observe how hurtful it is.  Today, she shares a tip about self compassion.  When the negative chatter starts, think about the words we would use with someone else who is affected by weight stigma.  Chances are, our words would be encouraging, motivating and compassionate.  Can we do the same for ourselves?

One tactic Darla recommends in her classes at our women’s supportive retreat for women struggling with weight is to repeat the following mantra: “May I go through this day with soft eyes, an open heart and a relaxed body.” With these words, we open ourselves to the possibility of becoming more gentle and objective towards ourselves and toward others and initiating a change in our thoughts.

Be gentle with yourself today!

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  • [...] I hope you haven’t missed Weight Stigma Awareness Week, brainchild of the incredible Binge Eating Disorder Association. I’ve been enthralled with all of the amazing articles and posts about the week! Here’s a great one from Green Mountain Fox Run that teaches us how to fight weight stigma with self-compassion. [...]

  • Self compassion is so so key to accepting yourself but yet we often choose the tough self-hating route. Thank you for this wonderful reminder!

  • Kari says:

    This is so spot on Marsha! I spent most of my life belittling my body because I couldn’t live up to the ideal body shape everyone else told me was normal. That and a whole bunch of emotional issues made it for a perfect combination of a destructive relationship with myself. It wasn’t until I began to practice self compassion and being gentle with myself every day that I was able to overcome this way of thinking.
    I feel like a new person being a friend to myself and it has truly changed my mind and spirit knowing I can be happy at any size. Being healthy is still a goal I wish to achieve but I no longer see it as losing weight to fit the ‘normal’ body shape.

  • You Site is great thank you.

    May I go through this day with soft eyes, an open heart and a relaxed body.” With these words, we open ourselves to the possibility of becoming more gentle and objective towards ourselves and toward others and initiating a change in our thoughts.

    Thanks

  • Alisha Ria says:

    “Soft eyes and open heart” – that’s such a nice mantra!

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