For years, I would not talk about my body.
If someone else brought up the subject, I brushed off whatever they said, pretending to be completely secure and happy in my skin. And then I quickly changed the topic.
Having even the simplest of conversations about my body was off limits for me because I was ashamed of being ashamed of the way I looked.
One of my first big steps forward was simply to speak it.
I told one person. I didn’t unload every single detail of my body story, just a few key memories and feelings – things I’d never told anyone.
And almost immediately, I felt an other worldly kind of relief.
Speaking it aloud meant I was no longer carrying it all by myself. (We are fundamentally, always, wanting community.)
So if you’re where I was in any way, my suggestion is to start moving forward by telling someone (ONLY someone you trust) a small part of your body story.
Speaking these things out loud cracks open a doorway for healing, support, creative ideas, resources and all forms of love.
You don’t have to dive into a massive lifestyle overhaul right away. Just start by telling someone a piece of your story.
Speak yourself out loud.
And then take it from there.