September was the month of Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Weight Stigma Awareness. As we think about our bodies it is often in deprecating ways loaded with body hate and a deep desire to be different than we are. We telescope our vision down to each bit of our bodies that we deem as wrong or bad.
So I was thinking, hmmm… what if we used negative self talk to prompt Body Watch thoughts and behaviors?
I am famous for saying “Use something you are already doing to prompt something you want to add to your life.” How can we use this idea with Body Watch behaviors and what are they?
Body Watch is noticing your body and giving it a TLC and respect. The way you might watch out for body of a child in your life or a neighbor who is incapacitated. This might include everything from watching what foods feel good in your belly to making an appointment for your annual exam this year or finally getting the massage you have been dreaming about for a long while. Oftentimes, we make sure everybody else gets to their appointments, eats healthy, nourishing food or gets out for a walk on a rainy day, but we forget to watch out for us.
So imagine using your telescope to watch for the things that work for your body. Your telescope can help you with Body Watch by noticing what activities are pleasurable, what tasks need to get on your to do list which support your body in health and what food makes your mouth and stomach sing.
Be on the lookout for what works for you and supports your self care. What will your telescope focus on today?