Overcoming Body Image Issues - Thoughts from a Ballerina

When I was younger I heard someone close to our family say, “She doesn’t have the right body for ballet”... Insinuating that I was not thin enough. So I wanted to talk about this a little because I know that it’s such a sensitive subject for a lot of us. 

How many of you have ever “felt bad” about gaining weight?
*looks out into the imaginary crowd to see hundreds of hands raised*

Yeah, me too.

And when I was much younger, I really had no way to cope with my body image issues… like at all. In fact, oftentimes gaining weight literally translated to “I’m a failure” in my teenage mind. I just want to hug that girl so badly and tell her how beautiful she is.

I’ve not been completely immune to at least hints of those feelings as I’ve gotten older. However, my self-love game is SO much stronger now so it doesn’t ever pull me into a really bad or dark place.

So I wanted to share the ONE thing that can always and will always help with any body image issues that you’re having. Here is it:

Focus on who you are, not how you look.

Focus on who you are, not what you look like.

I know that’s easier said than done but I’m telling you it’s the ONLY way out of that negative self-talk about your physical body or appearance.

Spend some time every single day thinking about things that you love about yourself that have absolutely nothing to do with the way you look. You are smart, you are determined, you are loving, you care about the planet and the beings on it. You have a genuine heart and that should be your focus. Your beauty IS inside and that will shine through no matter how much you weigh or what external features you like or dislike about yourself.

If body image issues are something you’ve struggled with for a long time, I have two suggestions for you:

  1. Go get yourself a new special journal, and commit to writing at least 3-5 sentences every single day listing the things that you LOVE about yourself. Consciously spending time focusing on those things with your whole heart.
  2. Considering joining our Rise In Love membership program. Marty and I created it in order to have a place where we could both be a beam of support for anyone who wants to learn to love themselves on a deeper and more holistic level. The subscription includes monthly yoga classes, guided meditations, journal prompts, and a loving, supportive community. We will probably end up doing at least one live stream each month in there too. I’ll leave more info below if you want to check it out. 

No matter what, I hope you know how precious, unique, and loved you really are.
You taking the time and energy to invest in yourself is literally a gift to the world.
Your body is great and beautiful but you are SO MUCH MORE than a body.
It's okay to lose weight, it’s okay to gain weight, it's okay to talk about weight.
But it's NOT okay to let your body image and weight dictate your self-worth.

You are already everything you could ever want to be.
All there is left to do is peel back the layers of lies that are fogging up your mind and stopping you from seeing that truth.

YOU ARE (always were, and always will be) ENOUGH
YOU ARE (always were, and always will be) WORTHY

Sending you so much love today.


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