Body Image

Staying Body Positive as the weather warms up and the festive season approaches

Staying Body Positive as the weather warms up and the festive season approaches

I had a conversation last week with a client that went like this:

She – “I want to move to a country where Christmas is in the winter”.

Me – “Why’s that? You hoping for a White Christmas?”

She – “No. It’s because then I wouldn’t be trying to adjust to summer clothing, eat out more and socialise all at once. I could just put a big coat on and not give a ****”.

Mindful of my body? That's like asking a blind man to have a look!

Mindful of my body? That's like asking a blind man to have a look!

I was speaking with a client recently about some concerns she has with mindfulness. She told me she had attended a course on mindfulness, and during the program she had been repeatedly instructed by the teacher to ‘feel into her body’ – a common enough instruction used in meditation practice. She had some significant problems with this instruction though, and felt that the practice of mindfulness was just not for her - “Telling me to feel into my body, is like asking a blind man to have a look”, she said.

What's the Non-Diet Approach all about?

What's the Non-Diet Approach all about?

The term ’non-diet’ is one you will often see used by health professionals and advocates who encourage approaches to health and wellbeing that are contrary to popular messages promoting restrictive weight loss diets.

Many of the team at Mind Body Well were fortunate to be introduced to the non-diet world by Dr Rick Kausman, author of ‘If Not Dieting Then What?’ and one of the pioneers of the non-diet movement. The title of Rick’s book sums up well what many of our clients are asking…. “I’ve tried restrictive weight loss diets and they haven’t worked for me, so what now?”

The Problem with Body Image is the Concept of 'Body Image'

The Problem with Body Image is the Concept of 'Body Image'

The language of ‘body image’ is common in our culture of attention to appearance, and lately, conversation about body image seems to everywhere. Body image is a factor commonly related to mental health for young people, and is similarly a concern for many people as they age and come to terms with their changing bodies.

When you think about it, it’s pretty strange that we give so much attention to the image of our bodies. 

Love Your Body

Love Your Body

I used to cringe at the phrase ‘Love Your Body’.

Every anti-narcissism bone in my body reacted to this as a statement I thought of as ego-based and overtly focused on appearance.

But I’ve been thinking about what it might mean to really love your body and I’ve changed my mind. Love after all, is about care. It’s about kindness, respect, and a deep affection and appreciation.