As we embark on Thanksgiving, it is important to find gratitude in our lives. While it is important to give thanks for many things, I think gratitude for our bodies is often overlooked. Most women struggle with accepting or even tolerating our bodies. We are so critical of ourselves. Instead of spending so much time criticizing yourself, start thinking about what your body does for you. Your body is the most amazing creation. What would be different in your life if you started appreciating everything it does to enhance your life. Notice all of your senses and how it allows you to move. Relationship experts say that healthy relationships have more positive comments or interactions than negative. They recommend that you give your partner 5 positive comments to every 1 constructive. I think that the relationship we have with ourselves is the most important relationship we have, yet it is often the most neglected. What if we followed this relationship advice for our relationship with our body? I challenge you to try this for the next week. Every time you criticize your body in any way, find 5 things you appreciate about it. Focus on function rather than appearance. Write your body a letter. Tell it how much you appreciate what it does for you. Think about where you would be without it. Re-read that letter every time you start thinking negatively about yourself. You will be amazed how your self-esteem will begin to improve!
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