Today I want to talk about your relationship with your body.
In my 13 years as a coach, I’ve seen so many women struggle with how they feel in their skin and the impact that has on their business and their lives.
I want to ask you a few questions:
Do you view your body as a gift and celebrate it? Do you like the way you look? How do you feel about your body?
As a busy entrepreneur, it’s easy to neglect yourself and not listen to your body and what it needs.
Perhaps you’re spending long hours at the computer – skipping meals – abandoning your exercise routine – or not taking enough time to rest. Or you’re hustling 24/7 and you’re planning on sleeping when you’ve “made it.”
Most of us are good at taking care of our business and our bank account, but our body gets sacrificed on the road to success.
If there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s this – to thrive financially and create a successful business requires you to be healthy and fit.
I’m not talking about being a certain size or losing weight. I’m talking about honoring your body and treasuring it.
Although the female body is something to be celebrated and admired, very few women feel this way about their bodies.
Many women are caught up in cycles of self-loathing, hate, disgust, shame and frustration. Our relationship with our body can hold us back and keep us playing small.
In business, it can impact your brand – your to desire to be visible – step into your power – schedule a photoshoot or market yourself fully.
In your personal life, it can impact your desire to be intimate – ask for what you want – and your ability to receive love, money, pleasure and rewards.
For me, it took going into recovery for an eating disorder to finally feel at peace with myself and my body, so I know how real this struggle is.
But I also know what’s possible for each of us as women when we learn to embrace and accept ourselves.
To get a handle on how you’re feeling, you may want to journal and answer the following:
- How do you feel about your body?
- Do you feel shame around your body?
- Do you like the way you look?
- What, if anything, do you appreciate about your body?
- How can you begin the process of celebrating your body?
- Does exercise feel like a form of self-love or self-punishment?
- Do you feel like you’re holding yourself back in business or your personal relationships because of how you look and feel in your body?
If you’ve neglected your body for quite some time, begin by viewing your body as a gift.
Just this shift in perspective makes a big difference. When we view something as a treasure, we take care of it. We honor it. We appreciate it. We acknowledge it.
I notice that the more I appreciate my body, the better it (and my life and business) gets with less effort and struggle.
You may also want to get some bodywork or try a new form of exercise that sounds fun and intriguing.
And, as always, do something fun and pleasurable! Joy and passion affect your health on every level so take time to play and do those things that feed your soul.
What will you do today to honor and nourish your body? Leave a comment, and let me know!