Embodiment is the number one strategy to healing body image. To take your body to where you want it to go, you need to ‘get into’ your body. Following on from part one of my piece on healing a negative body image, my advice to acceptance of your body is to finally stop seeing it as an object to manipulate and punish.
To let go of the scale and stop counting calories as these strategies only keep you in your head and step back into your body. Here are a few strategies you can practise to heal your own body image and create embodiment.
With Food: Eat slowly and mindfully. Take 5 deep breaths before you eat so your body can fall into the relaxation response. Experience all the pleasure and nourishment that food brings.
With Movement: Let go of the punishing exercise and move in a way that allows you to reconnect with your body. Dancing, walking, or swimming are great alternatives.