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!