Posts tagged self love
5 ways to slay at autumn body acceptance

Recently I asked my Instagram fam how they felt in the changing season i.e from summer to autumn, and it seems that the shift from long days to colder nights brings about some hella relief from body insecurities. Summer is relentless in it’s messaging to ‘get a bikini body’ or don’t dare wear one (cheers diet culture). The hot weather invariably means either pushing yourself to show some skin or should that feel like a fate worse than death, sweating it out as best as you can.


Autumn is kinder. Autumn says, ‘oh hey jumpers and boots!’. It’s hot chocolate, root vegetables, woolly hats and it’s seeing what gems you might find the pocket when you put on your winter coat again (like discovering last year’s snotty tissues and an occasional fiver).

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How to stop needing others to feel good

As someone who has spent a lot of years getting validation from others, I know that it’s a hard habit to get rid of (and I thankfully grew up in a time before social media was really a thing). Today’s importance on social likes, shares, clicks and emojis means that learning to create habits and routines of self-love and self-validation is more important than ever. How can we do it in such a codependent world?

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Why Body Acceptance is Not Failing

Body acceptance means learning to embrace yourself just as you are, lumps, bumps, scars, sags, dimples and all. It means stopping try to shrink, mould or change how you look through restriction or excessive exercise. And it means giving up that there’s a point in the future where your body will have conformed in such a way that you’re happy.

For a LOT of my clients getting to this phase feels a long way off. It feels like a whole different planet away sometimes.

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Why real self-love takes balls

Self-love is often marketed in a way that’s cringey, touchy-feely and maybe even self-indulgent. But in reality - it takes a punk ass attitude. I’ll explain why. 

Too often we spend too long treating the symptoms of the (dis)stress in our lives, by which I mean, for example you’re feeling totally slammed at work (the symptom is stress) so you book a
massage to get relaxed (temporary ‘cure’). In my opinion, that's self-care. Don't get me wrong, self-care is awesome. But a bath isn't going to sort out the root cause of your problem.

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Why self-care isn't just a wellness fad

The term self-love and self care is thrown around like confetti these days and it can feel like it’s a green juice, matcha latte type of cliché.

But honestly, the reason people harp on about it is because it really is crucial for health and happiness. If you’re running around putting everyone else’s needs first you’re going to end up with horrible burn out - and then you’re no good for anyone!

 

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