How many times do you look in the mirror, or pinch your belly fat, or weigh yourself, or ask others for assurance about your appearance?
All of those are examples of body checking- the obsessive or constant monitoring of one’s appearance.
This often times starts at a very young age and becomes an unconscious habit and daily ritual.
And this ritual is very detrimental to your psyche and emotional wellness.
Why? Because you are in a constant state of self judgment and critique. And you are solely focusing on how you physically see yourself and not how you internally view yourself.
Your values and internal dialogue are filled with negativity, which doesn’t leave much room for self and body acceptance.
So how do you stop it? Awareness!
You must first become aware of when these thoughts and behavioral patterns appear in order to take back ownership and make the shift towards being kinder to yourself.
Take one day and make note of all the times you look in the mirror and go into critique mode, or how often you feel the need to weigh yourself, or how many times you touch a part of your body for assurance. Also pay attention to the mood that you’re in afterwards. Do you feel better? Do you have positive thoughts about yourself? or Do you feel worse or depressed?
Just taking one day to gain a better understanding of your habits and thought patterns will prove quite valuable in your quest towards self and body acceptance.
If you want to learn more about body checking and other tips to stop this vicious cycle, click on the link below.
If you’re thinking, “Yeah, I definitely do this!” let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear how you’re going to be kinder to yourself by stopping body checking. Or if you have any questions and need more clarification, post them in the comments below!
Certified Holistic Health Coach
Eating Disorder Recovery Coach