One of the biggest mistakes I see people make (my younger self included) is associating body confidence with appearance.
Building body confidence by changing your body is like putting a bandaid on a wound. It might temporarily stop the bleeding at the surface level, but it fails to address the root cause of the bleeding.
Body confidence is an inside-out feeling. It’s cultivated by changing your mind, not changing your body.
What Is Body Confidence?
After a quick Google search, I found this definition for confidence (n): the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
Hence, body confidence is the belief that you can rely on and trust your body. It’s feeling comfortable and at home in your body.
- Can you rely on your body?
- Can you trust your body?
If you answered no, the GOOD news is that you can build trust with your body like you can in any relationship.
Body Confidence = Body Trust
Think of someone you trust. Maybe it’s a best friend or partner. Maybe it’s a lifelong family member. How did you establish trust in your relationship?
My guess is that it didn’t happen overnight. You likely spent years 1) showing you care, 2) effectively communicating, 3) and honoring your commitments.
The same goes for building body trust! You can practice caring for your body, listening to it, and honoring your commitments. From this fruitful ground of body trust, body confidence grows.
10 Affirmations for Building Body Confidence
One way to show your body you care is by speaking kindly to it. This is where affirmations come in. Affirmations are a form of positive self-talk that help you overcome limiting beliefs. Use the following statements to build a bridge of trust between yourself and your body.
- My body and I are on the same team. We work together for my total well-being.
- My grateful heart recognizes that my body works to keep me alive every day.
- I am competent, capable, and strong.
- I am building trust with my body every day by caring for it.
- Being confident in my body increases my quality of life. I deserve to feel confident in my current body.
- I am free from worrying about what other people think of me.
- It is safe for me to rely on and trust my body.
- I trust my ability to learn, listen, and grow. I am becoming a better version of myself every day.
- Whenever I start to compare or judge myself, I find a calm & quiet place in my heart.
- I choose thoughts that serve my highest good.
Affirmations in Practice
Perhaps you’re thinking: these sound lovely; now what?
- IDENTIFY: When your thoughts start to spiral towards negative, pause and identify it. ⠀
- ASK: How can I communicate in a more loving compassionate way towards my body?
- REPEAT: Insert the affirmation of your choosing. Silently repeat it to yourself throughout the day or write in a journal. ⠀
Save or pin your favorite affirmation below!
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