Previously, we discussed how to start if you're interested in cultivating a better relationship with your body. And just as a reminder, this isn't about body positivity. While we think it's just as important to have a positive body image, this is more about your one-to-one relationship with your physical self.
And we promise it isn't hocus-pocus.
Your first step towards a positive body relationship was to take inventory of where you're currently situated. Then, make goals for yourself so that you can work towards where you'd like to be.
Sort of obvious, right?
But what often happens when we start to take those initial steps is we lose confidence, motivation, or both, and can sometimes falter.
It's the same reason the vast majority of diets fail.
Confidence and motivation are intertwined. Without the confidence that your efforts will be fruitful down the road, motivation is nearly impossible to maintain. But if we can't get motivated enough to do the hard work we know we have to do, it's impossible to feel confident in ourselves.
So the second step towards a positive body relationship is this: Nurturing confidence and motivation to fuel our growth.
"How do I be more confident?" is a popular Google search, and it isn't hard to understand why. We live in a connected world that makes it hard not to compare ourselves to others.
Also, especially in North America, many of us live our lives inside the monotony of routine. While this might feel safe most of the time, it can also lead us to forget the kinds of things we're capable of in the face of adversity.
It's crucial to stop looking outward and start looking inward if you want to boost your self-confidence. Reduce your time on social media, and spend more time visualizing yourself as the kind of person you want to be. Visualization is a proven technique to help dismantle negative perceptions.
But don't stop there.
Take time in your daily routine to pay yourself some affirmations. Positive and uplifting statements about things that you're proud of can significantly improve confidence, especially if said out loud. These can be victories that are as small or grand as you want them to be. Indulge yourself daily to start on the right foot. Remind yourself of the challenges you've overcome, and you'll notice an uptick in confidence,
Confidence, on its own, should be able to help get you motivated to get to work. But motivation has to be nurtured as well to keep us going. Here are three tricks you can use:
- One way to stay motivated is to increase your accountability. If your concrete goal to work towards a positive body relationship is to cook more healthy meals at home, then share your goal with someone you can trust to follow up with you about it. This should create just enough pressure to make sure you follow through. Feeling brave? Announce your goal on social media instead!
- Make every moment a fresh start. The thing about motivation is it's fragile. Motivation breaks easy, and when it does, it can feel impossible to pick the pieces up and start over again. But that feeling is nothing more than a trick, and in reality, we all can create a fresh start every single minute of the day. Why wait until Monday, or the New Year, to get back up on the horse again?
- Eat your way to motivation. Some foods weigh us down; some foods pick us up. To keep your motivation alive, you should aim to consume brain-boosting foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish. Avocados are another great option. But if you find yourself stuck, don't reach for comfort snacks like potato chips. Instead, go for dopamine-boosting dark chocolate or berries.
With your confidence and your motivation bolstered, you'll be on your way to reaching your goals and improving your body relationship in no time.
Keep following your progress in your FitTrack reports. Goal monitoring is proven to be one of the most effective ways to maintain your motivation. And seeing how far you're coming along is a fantastic boost of confidence. Win-Win!