009. How To Accept The Body You Have, Even When You Don’t Like It

how to accept the body you have

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Ryann Nicole

Episode Transcript

Hey, it’s Ryann, from Coffee Talks Therapy Podcast. Today, let’s tackle the importance of radical acceptance in achieving the body you want.

Challenges of Body Positivity

While body positivity is all around us, it’s not always easy to embrace. Comparing ourselves to others can lead to self-doubt, especially when struggling with body image.

The Key: Radical Acceptance

To get the body you desire, start by accepting your current body radically. This doesn’t mean loving every aspect immediately but acknowledging and surrendering to the present reality.

Understanding Body Image Challenges

Bad body image days are inevitable due to societal pressures and external influences. However, mastering how we handle these challenges lessens their impact on our well-being.

The Truth: Acceptance is the Foundation

Weight loss won’t be enough until you accept your body as it is today. Radical acceptance is the game-changer here.

Radical Acceptance Defined

It involves fully surrendering to your body’s current appearance, separating it from your happiness, and breaking the link between your body and emotions.

Constant Body Changes

Our bodies are in a constant state of change, whether due to daily fluctuations, stress, or other factors. Accepting these changes is crucial for long-term satisfaction.

Steps to Radical Acceptance

  1. Acknowledge the Facts: Recognize and consciously accept your body as it is today. Acceptance doesn’t mean adoration; it’s about ending the cycle of rejection.
  2. Snowball Effect of Acceptance: By accepting your body today, you set the stage for continued acceptance. It’s a gradual process that leads to genuine self-love.

Example: Tight Shorts Situation

  • Fact: Shorts are tight today.
  • Radical Acceptance: Accepting the tightness without tying it to self-worth.
  • Benefits: Breaks the cycle of shame, guilt, and negative behaviors.

Practice Body Neutrality

Shift focus from empty affirmations to acknowledging what you don’t love while choosing radical acceptance. This moves you toward body neutrality, a realistic and sustainable mindset.

Repetition is Key

Reaffirm radical acceptance as many times as needed throughout the day. It’s a mindset shift that takes time but leads to a healthier relationship with your body.

Changing your mindset is challenging, and it’s okay to have bad body image days. Consistent radical acceptance is a stepping stone toward a more positive and peaceful relationship with your body.

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Ryann Nicole

Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach

Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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