Self-Care: Shutting Down Negative Body Talk

November 28, 2018

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  • Love this! Thank you! This is something we all need to hear!!!

  • Thank you. ❤

  • Thanks!

  • Thank you. As a 63 yo recovering anorexic, I needed to hear this.

  • I needed this today. Love you Max!

  • I think this is great, not only as applied to our bodies but about other things as well. It’s always best to be kind, even to ourselves. I would also add that it would be a good thing to look at our bodies every so often and do a little inventory about what we’re thankful for. It’s easy to take things for granted and a functioning (or even less than optimally functioning) body part is truly a beautifully miraculous thing when you think about the intricacies involved. Thanks, Max!

    • Yes, indeed! ALL THE THINGS <3

    • What a great point. Thank you. As I age I am increasingly thankful for an imperfect but fully functioning body with little pain!

  • Perfect timing to hear this message. Thank you.

  • Right now when there’s a lot of stuff written about weight gain over the holidays, gosh what a crime etc, this is great to hear!

    I’d like to add that commenting on each other’s appearance is not unmixed. Even a compliment is a judgement. I will be careful about that. Thanks for your writing!

  • Great and very needed to see article.
    Thank you.

  • On a conscious, intellectual level I know everything you say is true. But when you grew up in a house filled with critical comments and disapproval, when little that you said or did was good enough, and your shortcomings were magnified and your successes downplayed – well, it’s very hard to put all that to rest. It took me decades to rebuld my self-esteem, stop blaming myself, and stop judging others. I’ve come a long way, but I feel like I’ll always be working on this.

    • Dearest Jean, I HEAR you. Criticism and disapproval never helped nobody.

      However, consider this: Because there was not one scintilla of truth in all that criticism, disapproval, dismissal, diminishment and all the other mistaken assessments of your limitless perfection <- not a typo; that is a fact – because all of that was entirely wrong and NOT TRUE, it can disappear in a puff of smoke in an INSTANT.

      So perhaps you will *not* always be working on this. Perhaps one day – maybe today! – you will hear that stuff start to play, and you will say "LOL NOPE! I'll just be over here having a good time and a glorious life."

    • DITTO.

  • Bravo! Max !!!

  • Thank you for the reminder to treat ourselves with kindness. My body has changed over the years and well, c’est la vie!

  • Very thought provoking….kindness is The Way!

  • On the topic of habit changing, I just bought an excellent book called: Atomic Habits by James Clear.