Gratitude!! We all go through spells of not feeling great about our bodies or our skin, and I realized I have been in that rut far too long. It’s easy to do everything for our kids and let ourselves slip into the comfort of feeling like an old tired mom. And, oh so easy to concentrate on the new gray hairs that have sprouted, the puffy eyes and the few extra pounds always needing to be shed.
So today, I have decided to change my inner appearance, I know from past experience that putting in the mental work on the inside, helps to transform negative emotions into positive ones. I am vowing to be kinder to myself about how I feel, I am going to appreciate one body part a day, even if I have to repeat a body part over and over, and I will say gratitudes… I am grateful for my family, I am grateful for my tea on crazy Saturday mornings and grateful for my tea on slow Sunday mornings, I am grateful for the messy house that needs cleaning and the dishes that need to be done, and yes, I am grateful even when the kids are arguing. I know I have a lot to be grateful for, so it’s time to put all that into practice and make some mental changes to get myself out of this rut.
By saying gratitudes to yourself it changes your thought patterns, so instead of thinking, “I hate getting up in the morning.”, change it to, “I am so grateful for this morning, to get to share another morning with my family!” This will actually change the way you think and feel about the mornings, it’s difficult as first but if you practice gratitudes, it will become second hand in no time, and you’ll find yourself thinking them automatically, with no effort at all! I am a way happier person all thanks to gratitudes! Along with all that mental work, I will remind myself to take the time to wash my face twice a day, drink more water and eat less gluten! So that’s it for today, I hope you find the beauty in yourselves today, as I work on mine! I already feel lighter and stronger!
Justine Whitehead: Justine lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters. As a former petite model she understands the world of being criticized for weight, height, and looks within a extremely competitive industry. Now, she is a freelance graphic designer and writer, but her most important job is as a mom.