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Positive Body Image and Week of July 4th Breakdown

Hi Guys! How are you?

Before we get to this week's AWESOME breakdown, I want to touch on a subject that is super close to my heart.

According to a clinical psychologist named Elizabeth Halsted there are three components to having a positive body image:

1. Self-Esteem which is all about you truly believing that others appreciate you for who you are and that they actually enjoy spending time with you.

2. Positive Attitude which is about accepting your strengths and your weaknesses and avoiding perfectionism, comparing and being highly critical or judgmental. I am going to pause and make a little note: the more critical and judgmental you are of others the more you are of yourself. I am just putting that out there as an invitation to check in with our thoughts regularly for our very own benefit.

3. Having a positive image according to Elizabeth Halstead is the Emotional Stability in that is having a connection between our thoughts and feelings and the ability to actually share these thoughts and feelings and talk about it so it's like very heightened Mindfulness - an awareness of what's going through our mind and how it's making us feel in the moment.

Let's look for a moment at the Self Esteem component, shall we?

One of the most effective ways to increase Self Esteem is to research and find a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) therapist as this is a very well researched form of therapy for Self Esteem. The focus is highly on problem solving, as opposed to digging into the past. Of course, there is not a one size fit all intervention and CBT might not be the answer for one particular person, or another. Another form of therapy that is being researched more and more is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - if you do decide to check this out, please find a highly qualified, highly recommended therapist.

I also want to introduce the Self Esteem FAST model here, just so you have it and can sit with it and refer to it when needed - who knows? You might actually find that some aspects of this resonate with you! You might make it your little well-being project!!

F – Be fair to yourself as well as to other people. It’s important to understand fully that your needs are just as crucial as anyone else's needs.

A – No apologies. Don’t be overly apologetic (I really have to work on this myself - I admit). Don’t, or stop, apologize for having your own opinion, even if it means that you're disagreeing with others.

S – Stick to your values and don’t compromise to please people so that you conform. Perhaps you might take this as an invitation to dig deep and uncover your core values?

T – Be truthful. Be honest and with others, and yourself. Skip the little white lies - the people who can handle the truth will become closer to you and understand you better which, in turn, will create effective teamwork as well. The people who cannot handle the truth, my come around... or not... and that's ok.

We will discuss the second component next week!

Here is the breakdown:



5 Mindfulness Strength Flow #138 - Stretch

6 Daily #313 - Cardio REPS

7 Pilates #143 - Ab SHRED

8 Daily #314 - Upper Body AMRAP

9 Daily #315 - Lower Body AMRAP

10 Mindfulness Strength Flow #139

Let's do this!



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