Friday, April 12, 2013

Q&A with Amy!

Q: With summer coming, I find myself comparing my body to others.  It felt like I was doing better until this until skimpy clothing season arrived.  How can I get myself to stop this comparing habit?

A:  Comparing is a difficult habit to break because it’s natural to observe others when they come into our environment.  What is most important is tackling those automatic negative thoughts you have about yourself when you go out.  First, know that you are part of a beautiful vast and diverse world that is yours to appreciate.  Notice how each and every one has a unique face and figure.  And isn’t it possible that while you are wishing you could look like that person, there’s a person over here who is wishing she could look like you?  Also, keep in mind that although someone may appear, on the surface, to be quite beautiful and to have it all together, you can’t assume that the person whose body you admire is any happier or more successful than you. You don’t know how hard she works at that appearance or what unhealthy behaviours she may be struggling with as well.  
Now, picture yourself at 80. What will you look like then?  How will your body feel?  What would your 80-year-old self want you to feel at this moment in time?  I’m sure it would want you to enjoy your youth: the strength and flexibility that allows you to dance and play sports with energy and exuberance.  Similar to the expression, “you don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone”?  It’s true!  Now is the time for you to make the most of who you are in the body you have.  
While you are comparing yourself to everyone else, your life is happening; be here now and make the most of it!  

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