Inner Glow, Outer Beauty: Fostering Self-Care in a Body Positive Context

Do you want to boost your self-esteem and start to feel more confident in your daily life? Having an inner glow promotes a positive mindset, radiating energy that helps promote outer beauty. By taking proactive steps to nurture your inner self, you can begin to foster an environment that not only nurtures your own self-care, but a body positive context. Here, we discuss the import steps to achieving a newfound sense of inner peace, leading to an overall improved quality of life.

1. The Power of Positive Thinking: Taking Care of Ourselves from the Inside Out

In our current world, facing challenges, obstacles, and competing demands on our lives can lead to an overwhelming feeling of pressure and stress. But it’s important to recognize the power that lies within ourselves to continue striving toward our goals, and that power comes from positive thinking. This means taking the time to check in with yourself, showing yourself compassion and understanding, and having faith in yourself to face the challenges you encounter.

Developing a positive mindset isn’t a quick fix, but engaging in small and consistent positive habits like affirmations, journaling, and loving yourself can be a great start. Whether it’s investing in yourself or focusing on your wellbeing, here are some simple practices that can help to cultivate a more positive and productive mindset:

  • Journaling – Writing down your thoughts can be a great way to express how you are feeling and work through any feelings of stress you may be facing. This practice can help to clear the pathways in your mind and make room for more positive thoughts.
  • Affirmations – A regular practice of thought-based affirmations like ‘I have the ability to accomplish anything I put my mind to’ can help to reprogram the way you think. By reinforcing these positive statements, you can start to believe in your abilities and become your own cheerleader.
  • Invest in yourself – This could be investing financially in courses and other materials, or it could also mean investing your time in things that make you genuinely happy or bring energy into your life. By giving yourself permission to commit to these activities, you can work toward living a more fulfilling and content-filled life.

By recognizing the power of positive thinking and its ability to foster inner strength and resilience, you can work toward peace and contentment. With this in mind, taking care of yourself from the inside out is a fundamental part of achieving optimal wellbeing.

2. Celebrating Ourselves: Uncovering the Source of our Inner Glow

  • Practice Gratitude

Expressing gratitude on a regular basis can help us uncover the source of our inner glow. Acknowledging the people, activities, and things that bring us joy creates positive feelings and can help to renew our energy and enthusiasm. When we take time to list the things in our lives that we are grateful for, it is easier to appreciate our own qualities, recognize our strengths, cultivate our self-confidence, and create feelings of self-worth.

  • Cultivate Self-Love

Self-love can be poetically described as the sun that shines within our soul — constantly present, sometimes hidden, but ultimately essential for feeling connected and content. We can embrace this inner light by learning to treat ourselves with kindness, recognizing our worth, listening to our intuition, and exploring the skills and passions that bring us the most joy.

  • Remove Toxic Influences

Allowing negative influences — such as berating criticism and judgment of ourselves and others — into our lives can be detrimental to our inner glow. Examining our behaviors, emotional state, and choices can help us identify what needs to be released and replaced with positive and nurturing influences. Letting go of our doubts, fears, and expectations can help us to reconnect with our inner light and our true nature.

  • Rejuvenate from Within

Identifying creative endeavors and activities that bring us pleasure can be a great way to nurture the reconnection to our own source of inner glow. Arts and craft projects, movement and music, reading, and meditation are just a few options that can tap into our innermost selves and awaken new ideas, feelings, and inspiration. Allowing ourselves to rejuvenate from within can bring a newfound sense of creativity, energy, and joy to our lives.

  • Celebrate Achievements
    • Part of uncovering our inner light is celebrating our successes. With every accomplishment (big and small) we are able to enjoy the fruits of our labor and recognize the progress we have made. With each milestone we can ignite our flame even more and celebrate the instance and opportunity of success.

    3. Nurturing Ourselves: Taking Steps to Practice Self-Care

    Taking good care of our mind, body, and soul is essential to our overall wellbeing. Despite what many may believe, it is not a selfish act, but one of self-love and appreciation. All too often, we forget to take time for ourselves to nurture our wellbeing because of the endless daily to-dos that can consume our time. However, it is important that we identify ways to prioritize ourselves so that we can stay balanced and healthy.

    Start Saying No – We all have our own personal boundaries that should be respected. Unfortunately, many of us are uncomfortable asserting ourselves and saying no. This can take a toll on our sanity in the long-term as we constantly overextend ourselves for others. Taking the initiative to say no when it’s needed will allow us to make room for the activities that we need to prioritize for ourselves.

    Be Kind to Yourself – We can be our own worst critic, but it’s important to be compassionate with ourselves. The journey of self-care allows us to prioritize our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing so that we can better handle life’s challenges. Give yourself the grace to find moments of rest and allow yourself to express vulnerability.

    Explore New Interests – Set aside some time to explore the things that make you happy and discover any new hobbies or interests that you may have. Unwinding from life’s daily stressors can be as simple as taking this time to slow down and learn something new. This can be anything from watching an educational series to reading a new book or even being active outdoors.

    • Try having a weekend ritual for yourself that helps you feel rejuvenated and inspired.
    • Create a list of activities that make you happy and schedule a set time each week or month to do them.
    • Find ways to tap into creativity – anything from writing in a journal to engaging in art or even spending time in nature.

    4. Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs: Reclaiming Our Own Body Positivity

    Unquestioned limiting beliefs about our body can block us from feeling beautiful and confident. To feel great, it is essential to identify and let go of such thoughts.

    • Identifying Unhelpful Thoughts:Go through a list of their limiting beliefs and identify which are still in place today. It could be anything from “I am not attractive enough” to “I have no control over my body”.
    • Replacing Them With Positive Thoughts: Replace each negative thought with a positive one. For instance, instead of “I have no control over my body” they can say, “I am capable of taking control of my body.”
    • Taking Action: Instead of feeling helpless and insecure, take positive action by engaging in activities they love, such as going for a walk or joining a gym.

    A great way to stay motivated on the journey of reclaiming one’s body positivity is to create a reminder list of affirmations that can be read when feeling insecure. They can be anything that will make them feel more confident and secure about themselves. For example: “I am an amazing person, inside and out,” or “My body is a temple.”

    It is also important to surround oneself with positive people and positive messages. Avoid engaging with people who make them feel bad about themselves. Follow inspiring and informative bodies on social media and look for events that can provide with more knowledge and opportunity for self-care.

    Remember that moving towards the level of body acceptance is an ongoing practice that takes commitment, but it is a worthwhile journey. Step by step, people can let go of any limiting beliefs they have and reclaim their own body positivity.

    Whilst traditional beauty standards can be rigid and oppressive, there is an alternative; fostering self-care rooted in body-positive values. Looking after your mind and your body, both inside and out, is an opportunity for self-expression, self-improvement, and self-development that can lead to an inner glow that radiates from the inside out. An inner glow that never fades… That’s true beauty.

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