Stress Management Know-How!
Body image is a leading source of stress and anxiety for many people. It’s been ingrained in us that we are not perfect unless we possess body measurements determined by Hollywood’s standards. I don’t have a six pack abdomen; I have a keg.
My mom has this refrigerator magnet that helps me keep things in perspective, it says: “I am in shape, ROUND is a shape!” Frankly, I am tired of being told that I should meet certain “parameters.” I am neither condoning nor berating obesity. I do feel that many of us are beating ourselves up over what others have deemed as acceptable physical attributes.
My wife Melissa always jokes that if I were a dog, I’d be an English Bull Dog. I am 5’10” and built like a Sasquatch. But my life insurance company says I should weigh 174 pounds based on my height. My right leg weighs 174 pounds! If you are comfortable in your own skin and happy with how you look, and more importantly, how you FEEL, then that’s all that should matter when it comes to body perception.
In addition to pleasing society’s definition of physical beauty, I feel another grave error is trying to reach a magic number on the scale. I also finally learned that calling anything a “diet” is a huge mistake. Rather, welcome each day as an opportunity to nourish your body with the best foods out there - there is no target date for a healthy lifestyle. Which brings me to my point: Image is something we should focus on daily in a positive sense. If we begin to view our bodies as sacred temples or finely tuned high performance machines, we can begin to change our lives for the better on OUR terms.
All too often, we have made ourselves miserable and in some cases abused our bodies (eg: bulimia) for the sake of image. What if we could use body image as a positive building block? As with many life challenges, the answer often lies in changing one’s perspective. Begin by loving your body. Remind yourself by asking the following: How do I treat anything I love?
I encourage you to adopt this mindset. Remember, there will be setbacks but that’s OK.
We are running a marathon not a sprint.
Best Wishes & Good Health,
P.S. Are you struggling with weight loss?
Hypnosis is designed to inculcate a message for weight loss in a very powerful way.
Hypnosis is a technique used to induce a heightened awareness and ability to focus in the subconscious mind. Positive messages of your choosing are focused inward to achieve your desired result. The hypnotic state can occur naturally in our everyday lives. For instance, if you’ve ever found yourself so engrossed in a book that you stopped noticing what was happening around you, then you’ve experienced a mild hypnotic state. Your awareness and focus were turned inward, toward your book.
Professionally induced hypnosis can help you attain even deeper awareness and focus toward the messages of your choosing. Of course, the goal in hypnosis is to focus on positive messages that are goal-oriented and solution-based.
Hypnosis is a fast track to achieve your weight loss goal.
Ready to change your mind?
Hypnosis can make it happen!
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The Starfish Story
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!” ~
~Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)~
This simple story serves as a good reminder that:
• YOU are worth time and effort.
• Maybe you can't help everyone, but you can help someone.
• Goals can be achieved one mini step at a time.