We’re continuing our series for Weight Stigma Awareness Week with this video by Darla on one more way to practice self compassion. On Tuesday Darla recommended noticing if you would talk to a friend the same way you talk negatively to yourself.
Today Darla suggests stopping negative self talk by visualizing how you would talk to a 9-year-old girl who is feeling badly about herself. What would you say to her if she thinks she is fat or has even experienced bullying because of her weight? How would you help her feel better? We encourage you to help her see that her value as a person is more than a number on a scale or a clothes size, to help her avoid internalizing the weight biases of others.
When your own self talk becomes like that of a bully on a playground, stop yourself and remember that 9-year-old girl.