I’ve had this saved in my drafts for a while because it never felt right to write or post it.
As we all know the world is on fire right now.
I just didn’t feel like writing a post so small compared to what is really going on. I don’t want to diminish or ignore the fact that so many bad, good, exciting, terrifying things are going on right now.
But, I know this is a fight that I am having with myself, and I am assuming that other people are having this fight with themselves as well.
So… how to accept your body in quarantine.
This is about my experience and how I worked on accepting my body as it is.
- Hide your scale
Yes, I said it. Coming from someone who likes to constantly weigh themself, I can say, hiding the scale from myself during quarantine was one of the best things I did for my mental health.
I was going down a dark path because I was gaining the weight that I lost pre-quarantine.
But I was obsessing over it.
So, I hid it. And I recommend you doing it too. If you live with someone, have them hide it for you. I had my boyfriend hide it for me and when I went looking for it, I literally could not find it.
2. Unfollow/mute people on social media
This is interesting because I always felt worst about my body after I was done on social media. I couldn’t pinpoint who it was causing me to feel this way so I actively had to pay attention to how I was feeling when I looked at certain people’s posts.
For example, I followed this one fitness Instagram person who posted workouts that I enjoyed.
But for some reason, every time I saw one of her posts I immediately felt bad about myself.
It 100% has nothing to do with her, but everything to do with how my brain was processing her post.
So, I had to mute her.
When I want to look at a workout, I will look her up. But her content won’t show up on my feed.
3. Cut the alcohol
For me, alcohol makes me eat more and more frequently.
It also makes me sluggish and bloated the next day.
Either drink in moderation, or cut it out.
I did, and I felt way better about it.
4. Add vegetables into your meals
I’m not saying to stop eating pasta and brownies, I am saying roast some veggies to add to your pasta.
Add more nutrients to your diet, and you will literally feel better.
5. Do things that make you happy
Paint, draw, write, create videos, read, take a bath, watch Grey’s Anatomy, call a friend or family member, dance, etc.
If your mind is happy, you won’t feel the need to be angry toward your body.
My body changed A LOT during quarantine.
Am I mad about it? No.
We are in a pandemic. There is nothing we can do except try our best.