How I’m Learning to Love My Post-Pandemic Body

I’m Learning to Love My Post-Lockdown Body—And You Can Love Yours, Too

Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. I recently turned 45, and I’m heavier than I’ve ever been, despite the fact that I’ve been “fat” for the most of my life (at least in my mind). Clothes that were too big before the outbreak are now a little bit tight. When I sit in Sukhasana, I see that I have an additional belly roll. I’m starting to notice the beginnings of a double chin poking out from behind my excessively round jawline.

Even my bracelets are becoming more constrictive.

I’m not the only one that feels this way.

But, before you start berating yourself and embarking on the latest trendy diet, take a big breath and calm yourself down.

  • You.
  • Still.
  • It’s a reason to celebrate!
  • I recently spoke with Christy Harrison, a dietitian and certified intuitive eating coach who is the author of Anti-Diet: Reclaim Your Time, Money, and Well-Being via Intuitive Eating, on how to feel better in your body right now, and she shared her insights.
  • It’s time to take a stand.

The culture is F’d up. Not you, beautiful.

“We certainly live in a ‘diet culture,’ in which weight growth is demonized and weight loss is promoted as the key to greater health, well-being, and success. As a result, I believe that a large number of individuals are struggling with the shame associated with diet culture,” Harrison explained. “I want to emphasize the notion that gaining weight is not always a bad thing. As you may see, gaining weight during a pandemic is very understandable. “We are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress.” Diet culture exalts thinness and propagates the notion that having a slender physique is a prerequisite for achieving better social standing.

Having a slender physique is intimately linked to feeling like you belong and being accepted by society, whereas being overweight or obese is synonymous with being rejected and excluded.

Moreover, losing it might feel like a matter of life and death. However, assistance is on the way. These suggestions garnered from Harrison—as well as my own personal experience—can assist you in navigating diet culture and the post-pandemic environment if you have a bigger frame.

Buy new pants

Are you looking for a certain method to feel uncomfortable and highly conscious of your body for the whole day? Look no further. Squeeze into garments that are too small. Nope. Instead of wearing the same old clothes, invest in some new ones that genuinely fit and make you feel fantastic. My understanding is that this may be frightening, especially if you’re already at the top of the “straight size” continuum and are making the shift to plus-size labels or businesses that provide more inclusive sizing options.

If you’re trying to shed some pounds but aren’t sure whether or not you should invest in new clothes, check out the Fit Liberty program at Universal Standard – one of my favorite companies that covers sizes 00 to 40.

Stop following social media accounts that make you feel like sh t

If you believe in the ancient saying, you can’t be what you can’t see. So it might be time to ditch Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid in favor of some kick-ass, confident, and body-positive influencers that look like you, rather than the other way around. “If you’re on social media, look for folks who are part of the body acceptance movement—larger-bodied people who are having a good time and looking fantastic,” adds Harrison. In fact, two studies have found that being exposed to a variety of body types can aid in the improvement of one’s body image.

Here are some of my favorite influencers:

  • You can’t be what you can’t see, as the ancient saying states. So it might be time to ditch Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid in favor of some kick-ass, confident, and body-positive influencers that look like you, rather than the opposite. According to Harrison, if you’re on social media, you should follow people who are part of the body acceptance movement—larger-bodied people who are having a good time and looking great. In fact, two studies have found that being exposed to a variety of body types can aid in the improvement of one’s self-perception. Give it a go and see how it goes. I admire the following influencers:

Follow tags such as HAES (Health at Any Size), antidiet, and bodyacceptance to see what other people are saying. Consider the following: Is Social Media Ruining Your Body Image?

Notice negative self talk and replace with positive messages

If you are continuously berating yourself, you will never be able to feel good in your body. Make a mental note of the things you say to yourself when you get dressed, check yourself in the mirror, and walk to the supermarket. In the beginning, I was conscious of the fact that I was frequently uttering dreadful things such as “nobody likes you” and “nobody is ever going to love you.” I had the impression that these insane and nasty messages were playing on an unending loop in my subconscious mind.

Alternatively, if it is too much for you, merely grin at what you see.

My favorite way to say them to myself at the end of my daily practice is to repeat them.

  • I love and approve of myself (according to author Louise Hay)
  • I love myself so much that I recognize that my body is my best friend (according to my coach)
  • I love myself so much that I understand that my body is my closest friend Tara-Nicholle Nelson)
  • I prefer to nurture my soul as much as my body (as exemplified by yourself)

Make friends with the summer heat

It is because I love and approve of myself that I know that my body is my best friend (as said by author Louise Hay); I love and approve of myself because (as stated by my coach): I love and approve of myself My name is Tara-Nicholle Nelson, and I have made the decision to nurture both my spirit and my body (with the help of yours truly).

Don’t start dieting

I love and approve of myself (according to author Louise Hay); I love myself, so I realize that my body is my best friend (according to my coach); I love myself, so I recognize that my body is my closest friend Tara-Nicholle Nelson); I prefer to nurture my soul as well as my body (as exemplified by me);

Do move your body

Many of us have had a rather sedentary year, due to the rise of work-from-home opportunities and the closure of gyms and yoga studios. As a result, returning to your pre-pandemic routine might seem quite difficult, especially if you are a bigger size. Exercise, on the other hand, provides a plethora of advantages that go beyond weight loss. Try not to think of it as a punishment for having a “poor” body, but rather as an important element of your self-care routine. Here are just a few of the incredible things that exercise can accomplish:

  • In part, this is due to the prevalence of work-from-home opportunities as well as the closure of gyms and yoga studios. Thus, getting back to your pre-pandemic lifestyle might seem quite difficult, especially if you are a bigger person. In addition to helping you lose weight, exercise offers several other advantages. Try not to think of it as a punishment for having a “poor” body, but rather as a part of your overall self-care regimen. Exercise has the ability to achieve a variety of great things, as follows:

Simply said, move because it makes you feel good. Just keep in mind that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Start slowly and steadily increase your fitness level in a sustainable manner to avoid becoming injured.

Advocate for yourself at the doctor’s office

I’ll admit it: it’s been more than a year since I last went to the doctor. Why? I’m well aware that I’ve gained weight, and I’m terrified of being weighed. If you’re overweight like me, you’ve been encouraged to lose weight for practically every health concern you’ve ever had, and the sense of shame that comes with it is overwhelming. You’re probably wondering what I’ve learned from following plus-size influencers on Instagram. You have the option of declining to be weighed. (Wow, that’s a mind-blower!) In Harrison’s opinion, “unless it’s a medical need, such as when you’re going into surgery and receiving anesthesia.there are basically no medical problems that genuinely require your weight.” The scale is something that a lot of my clients and colleagues and I don’t do,” says the author.

This implies that even if you are considered “overweight” or “obesity” by typical Western medical standards, you may still receive treatment without being told that you need to lose weight for every physical problem you are experiencing.

See also: 5 Ways to Use Your Yoga Practice to Improve Your Body Image for more information.

Lean on your practice to nurture self-compassion

As Harrison explains, “one of the lessons of yoga that has resonated so strongly with me is the principles of self-compassion and non-competitiveness.” “You should refrain from forcing oneself to do physical positions in the manner in which your neighbor to the left or right is performing them.” You may also use meditation and deep breathing to help you feel more at ease and safe in your body. As you re-enter social situations or places that may cause anxiety, remember to be kind and compassionate with yourself.

And don’t forget that those around you are probably going through a similar experience, so it’s always a good idea to share some of your compassion with them as well. These self-compassion activities may be implemented immediately to help you feel better about yourself:

  • This Self-Compassion Sequence can help you find peace of mind. Meditation for Self-Compassion by Tara Brach
  • A Sequence for Self-Compassion that is Supported
  • “I Am Enough” is a statement that states, “I am enough.” A Gratitude and Self-Love Meditation that is centered in the heart

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Learning to love the body that got me through a pandemic

I’ve wished for that kind of self-assurance since I first saw the movie as a child, but, like most women, I have difficulty embracing my physical appearance. Suddenly, my hair is too frizzy, my complexion is too pale, and my stomach is beginning to resemble that of Winnie the Pooh. Despite my efforts to read good self-acceptance slogans and get rid of my fears, after a year of living in leggings and baggy sweaters, I’m beginning to believe that my confidence has been relegated to the back of the wardrobe beside the old socks and frayed Christmas sweaters.

  • We were denied the opportunity to wear the half-dozen Zara gowns that we had stashed away in our closets, our roots grew, and we developed mask acne as a result.
  • We stopped giving our bodies the attention and care they deserved, and as a result, we no longer recognize them.
  • As we prepare to enter a new, and hopefully better, chapter of life with Covid, we must begin to repair the damage done to our thoughts.
  • While seeking expert assistance is essential, there are several little steps we can take to better care for our bodies and minds.
  • When we equate health with weight, as well as when we attempt to reduce weight in a short period of time, we run the risk of harming ourselves.
  • Spoiler alert: we don’t because all you have to do to be ‘bikini body ready’ is put a bikini on your body and you’re good to go.
  • They cannot continue to operate in the same manner as they did when we were 19.

They got us through a worldwide epidemic and kept us safe from this horrific illness, and we are grateful to them.

If you’re feeling a bit down, you’re not alone.

A lot of ladies are battling to find clothing that is both functional and comfortable right now.

According to one lady, “working from home means I seldom leave the house, therefore there is no incentive for me to make an attempt.” “I have completely forgotten what I like, how to dress, what fits me, and how to shop!” said another.

“It’s really difficult to use a wired bra,” one reader remarked.

Isn’t it past time to freshen up our look and start dressing in clothing that make us feel good about ourselves rather than having a closet full of things that make us feel bad about ourselves?


The New York Times used the term ‘hate-wear’ to characterize the lockdown fashion trend that has taken over our society in recent years.

They’re functional, but they don’t provide us with any pleasure.

When people say that your mood has an influence on your style, they actually mean it.

My physical shape changed, and my self-esteem dropped as a result.

Then I gathered all of the clothing that no longer fit or that I just didn’t care for any longer and stuffed them into my tote bags until they were completely full.

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There isn’t a better moment than now to start over and discover a fresh sense of style, is there?

It was time for me to stop punishing my body for not appearing a specific way and instead begin dressing it in clothing that were both comfortable and fit my personal style.

Someone took advantage of the downtime to work on self-love, saying, “Lockdown made me realize that no one else’s opinion mattered but yours.” “Feck it, I’m going to wear shorts.” The time I spent thinking about how I actually felt about my body and why I was having problems was well worth it.

  1. “It’s enough just dealing with the repercussions of the epidemic,” one person said, and we couldn’t agree more.
  2. We were led to believe that Bridget Jones was overweight when, in fact, she was in perfect physical condition.
  3. Despite the fact that society has not made things simple for us, we have the ability to increase our self-confidence.
  4. Women like Lottie Drynan, author of the Tummy Diaries, are assisting individuals in accepting their bodies as they now are.
  5. It’s taken a long time, but Lottie has finally come to terms with her body image.
  6. For years, our fatphobic society has conditioned us to believe that having a flat tummy is the only way to be beautiful and valuable.” “Our garments should be functional for our bodies,” she said.

A key factor in accepting my new post-lockdown body has been realizing that it is there to protect you and keep your heart beating, to breathe and communicate with you, to smile and laugh, and to move has been understanding that your body is there to protect you, to keep your heart beating, to breathe and move, and to communicate.

It feels and looks different, and there are days when I’m discouraged, but then I realize that it has gotten me through the previous 18 months, and that is far more important than being able to fit into that size 10 Topshop dress that I never wore in the first place.

Three Body-Positive Influencers on Loving Your Body Post-Pandemic (And Always)

Lisa Schoenberger is a writer and editor. Rebecca Northcott Photography captured this image. Gabriella Halikas is a young woman from Greece. Roalyver Lopez captured this image. Alicia Mccarvel is a model and actress. Sharlie Faye captured this image. During the pandemic, many of us were concerned not just about contracting a fatal illness, but also about gaining weight while in quarantine. Numerous articles and blogs were published about the “quarantine 15” and how to battle it, as if our bodies weren’t already under a great deal of stress from other factors.

So, as we begin to make our way out of the epidemic, we’re here to dispel the myth that you need to lose weight merely because you’re interacting with other people once more (or that you need to lose weight ever).

The BodCon, which was founded in February 2021, is on a mission to make body confidence a healthy, engaging, empowering, and even fun conversation.

More specifically, we chatted with body-positive influencers and The BodCon panelists Lisa Schoenberger, Gabriella Halikas, and Alicia Mccarvell on how to battle toxic diet culture and how to embrace your body, no matter where it is in the world.

How has your relationship with body image changed throughout the years?

According to Lisa Schoenberger, “I spent the first 40 years of my life loathing my body and believing that being skinny was the solution to all of my problems.” I’ve tried it all, from every extreme diet and program you can imagine (beginning at the age of 13) to lap band surgery, which I had to have because of difficulties. My realization that I haven’t been living my life until now, at the age of 40, has come about as a result of my realization that I needed to quit stressing about the number on the scale.

  1. Gabriella Halikas: Despite the fact that I was so small, I used to be incredibly insecure as a child.
  2. As a result of the weight increase, I was suffering from mental health issues, which led to me binge-eating in order to ignore those feelings and emotions.
  3. I tried so many different diets and exercised a ridiculous amount, but I couldn’t seem to find that confidence.
  4. I was fed up with hiding my curves and hoping I could be thinner all of the time.
  5. At the same time, I’m the most confident I’ve ever been, and I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been.
  6. Alicia Mccarvell: I’ve had a tough connection with my body image for quite some time.
  7. Every aspect of my existence was determined by my body from that moment forward, up until roughly four years ago.

It wasn’t until I was having the time of my life in a swimming suit with my husband in Florida that I realized how much I had been allowing my body image to hold me back from a variety of activities and experiences. Since then, I’ve allowed the most vital aspects of my personality to show through.

What do you wish more people would internalize when it comes to body image and self-love?

Lisa Schoenberger: I spent the first 40 years of my life loathing my body and believing that being skinny was the solution to all of life’s difficulties. Starting at the age of 13, I’ve tried everything from every extreme diet and program imaginable to lap band surgery, which I had issues with. My realization that I haven’t been living my life until now, at the age of 40, has come about as a result of my realization that I needed to stop stressing over the number on the scale. Now that I’ve learnt to accept my body for what it is, I wish I’d done it sooner because I’m finally enjoying life to its fullest.

  1. I grew even more insecure as high school approached, as my body began to mature and become more.
  2. I tried everything to reduce weight while I was in college, but nothing worked.
  3. Not until my second year of college did I make the decision to stop feeling lousy about my appearance.
  4. I decided to do something about it.
  5. At the same time, I’m the most confident I’ve ever been and the heaviest I’ve ever been.
  6. I’ve had a difficult connection with my body image for quite some time, says Alicia Mccarvell.
  7. Every aspect of my existence was determined by my body from that moment forward, which was around four years ago.
  8. As a result, I’ve enabled the most vital aspects of my personality to come to the foreground.

What do you hope to dismantle when it comes to the weight-loss industry?

According to Lisa Schoenberger, “I wish to undermine the notion that being small equates to being healthy, and I would love to see the body mass index eliminated as a measure for measuring weight and health.” I want people to be aware of the genuine hazards that are involved with various weight-loss procedures, which are often overlooked or overlooked completely. Because of my desire to lose weight, I’ve done a lot of bad things to my body, and I wish I’d realized some of the ramifications of some of my decisions before I did them.

Exercise and eating well for the sake of one’s own personal health and welfare are two very different things.

I am confident in my appearance, and I do not require the intervention of a poisonous business to convince me otherwise.

It took me a long time to realize that I didn’t have to go to the gym as a large woman and do “weight-loss” activities; instead, I could go to the gym and enjoy myself, and do motions that made me happy.

Our mission in life isn’t merely to shrink ourselves to a more manageable size. For the sake of clarity, these interviews have been trimmed and reduced.

Loving Your Body in a Post-Quarantine World

It almost seems too nice to be true – the world is slowly returning to normal after the COVID-19 virus hit the country. Everybody on the planet seemed to be breathing a collective sigh of relief. In the coming months, as more vaccinations become accessible and more people leave their homes, you may find yourself shopping for ensembles that don’t include the sweatpants you’ve been living in for the previous 18 months with great anticipation. Your return to society, on the other hand, may be delayed if you discover that your pre-COVID trousers are no longer in good condition.

That the picture you see in the mirror is a little different from the one you recall seeing in the mirror.

Accept the New Image You See in the Mirror

Initially, it may be tempting to focus your attention on the portion of your body that has altered the most when you look in the mirror. It’s far simpler to concentrate on the imperfections of your individual components than it is to concentrate on the magnificent whole. However, rather than immediately jumping to criticism, try first practicing acceptance. Accept the fact that COVID-19 has brought about numerous changes in the outer world as well as your own area of influence. Accept the possibility that your stress levels have altered and that this has had an influence on your weight.

  • Accept the fact that you will be eating differently than you normally would while in quarantine.
  • Being able to embrace yourself and your body is a liberating experience because it allows you and your body to simply be.
  • When practicing acceptance, it is common to find oneself in a state of discomfort.
  • When you are provoked by your reflection, you may be inclined to participate in undesirable behaviors; but, instead of immediately opposing reality, consider embracing it.
  • Some days will be more difficult to deal with than others.

Give Yourself Grace in This New Space

Accepting the new image you see in the mirror can be a sign of grace in some situations. Other times, grace appears in the form of supplying your body with what it truly requires, regardless of how it seems. If you find yourself with an overwhelming desire to substantially increase your physical activity or severely restrict your food when gyms reopen and grocery shops fill to capacity, you may want to consider doing so. It is vital, though, that you allow yourself to accept your new situation with kindness.

Perform you know what type of favors you can do for your body today?

Sometimes being nice to oneself entails indulging in a hearty and nutritious dinner that is packed with nutrients; other times, kindness entails indulging in a delectable dessert or a soothing herbal tea.

Grace may entail practicing yoga rather than engaging in an hour of high-intensity cardiac exercise.

Instead of performing sit-ups, grace can entail going to the movies with a buddy or spending time with a pet in the park instead. Grace might take the form of a salad or a steak. Grace, like the human body, comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Outgrow Your Old Clothes

Knowing your triggers is critical when dealing with the changes that have occurred in your physical appearance. An example of such a trigger is the sinking feeling in your stomach that you experience when your favorite top doesn’t fit anymore or when your favorite pair of trousers won’t fasten. There’s something special about the experience that causes a new degree of terror, pain, and self-hatred to arise in the participant. However, in a post-quarantine society, respecting your body also means allowing yourself to outgrow your old garments as your body changes.

  1. There are size charts and waist measures that come with this concept.
  2. There are high numbers and low numbers, and depending on where your hip measurement sits on the scale, your figure is either more or less useful quantitatively.
  3. You have the option of maintaining your current weight.
  4. It’s important to realize that you don’t exist just to be able to fit into your clothes.
  5. Because you outgrew your clothing, they no longer fit, not because you’ve grown too big for them.
  6. Instead of beating yourself up and cursing your growing body, acknowledge that your body changes and that these changes bring with them new requirements and requirements.
  7. Coping with physical changes that occur as a result of a pandemic can be difficult for you and your mental health.
  8. Remember that it is perfectly OK to accept a new you.
  9. If you are concerned about your body image or sense of self-worth, you might consider speaking with a specialist at Achieve Medical Center.
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How the Pandemic Has Helped Change My View of My Body

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about my physical appearance. In the current state of affairs, I’m compelled to think about my body on a daily basis; I’m thinking about what it needs, where it hurts, why it’s responding in that manner, and what its problem is now that I don’t have time for this, and so on. I have a chronically unwell body, and the care of that body must be incorporated into every step I make, at all times of the day and night. It takes a lot of energy to keep this carcass going on a daily basis; it is adiva.

  • To be sure, my body doesn’t require an entire dressing room full of puppies or rare orchids, or even a crate of Special Brew, as some other notable diva’s have done throughout history; it simply requires that I lie down.
  • It necessitates that I close my doors for the day, quite literally.
  • When my body hurts, my legs buckle beneath me, I am exhausted and can’t get out of bed, I am incapacitated by stomach ache, my hands become swollen, and it crushes my skull with such much misery that I can’t open my eyes.
  • The hashtag has been blessed.
  • Granted, the previous year has been a wonderful shindig for my demanding diva, as doing virtually nothing outside of a day’s worth of home-working has given it the opportunity to wallow and begin its slow and steady journey towards full atrophy of mind, body, and soul.
  • The prospect of being exposed is both terrifying and thrilling for someone who has been protecting for many, many months.
  • While I’ve been sad and lonely, I’ve also had spurts of occasional creativity and energy — my body has battled to keep up with my constantly shifting state of mind.
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It also creaked like a cellar door when I forced it to try to sit up.

My pet peeves include the fact that it continues to gain weight (despite my efforts to feed it yet another tiramisu), that it has changed form, and that what was previously toned is now condemned.

It’s far more difficult to love it, or even to tolerate it at times.

God knows that if anybody ever sees it nude, there will be plenty of that to go around, am I right?!

In the chronic illnesscommunity, there is a lot of discussion about “advocating” for ourselves and our conditions.

I’m not talking about quitting medication and living off tree bark or howling at the moon or whatever the latest craze is; I’m talking about taking an active and healthy interest in living well.

At the very least, it’s a good buddy.

It’s similar to my “lockdown” diet.

Even though its heart had been crushed, the creature permitted me to be compassionate with it.

As a result, I’m approaching it with a fresh perspective, seeing it as robust and strong rather than withered and feeble.

In the spirit of self-care, I’m attempting to perceive my body as a vessel through which I may feel good rather than as something to be continuously worked on, modified, or “bettered.” Whenever it feels like a block of unworkable clay, I am going to actively dance with it, indulge in bubble baths with it, and lasso it into mild activity to get it moving.

After years of being poked and prodded, sliced open and inspected, it has become accustomed to the treatment and bears just a few scars as a result of it all. It has changed as a result of time and experience, just as I have changed. Image courtesy of Ponomariova Maria on Getty Images.

The Weighting Game: Learning to Love Your Body in Quarantine

It was March 2020, and I was on the verge of earning my bachelor’s degree. I was on the verge of entering what I’d been told would be an exciting and optimistic period of my life. In its place, COVID-19 flew in through the entrance and completely transformed the situation. As a result of the exceptional health and economic challenges, nearly every comfortable routine I had suddenly became unrecognizable. And, as you might expect, my body reacted. My clothes were no longer fitting. Several number combinations that I’d never seen before popped up on the scale.

  • Despite the fact that being a “healthy” weight had always felt important to me, it was never something I focused my life on.
  • At first glance, it appeared to be harmless, even if it was a neutral descriptor that the majority of us seemed to accept as our own.
  • As a result, the well-known feeling of embarrassment returned.
  • However, this quarantine experience may also provide us with the opportunity to take the time we need to sit with our thoughts and truly focus on learning to love our bodies again.
  • Anna Sweeney is a Registered Dietitian and Supervisor with a certification in Eating Disorders, as well as a Certified Intuitive Eating Specialist and the owner of Whole Life Nutrition.
  • The belief that thinness is associated with health — that weight is something decided exclusively by one’s own willpower or that weight loss can cure ailments — will endure as long as there are individuals who hold this belief.

1. Losing weight and getting healthy isn’t interchangeable

In March 2020, I was on the verge of earning my bachelor’s degree from a local community college. On the verge of entering what I’d heard would be an exciting and optimistic period, I was feeling apprehensive. As opposed to this, COVID-19 swept in and completely transformed everything. Between the exceptional health and economic problems, nearly every regular routine I had suddenly became unrecognizable and had to be re-established. And, as you can expect, my body responded negatively to the experience.

  1. Several number combinations that I’d never seen before appeared on the scale.
  2. The need to be of “good” size was something that I felt was urgent from the beginning of my life, but it was never something I focused my efforts on.
  3. Initial reactions were positive, and it appeared to be a neutral term that most of us were willing to claim as our own.
  4. A familiar sense of embarrassment accompanied it.
  5. Although we may be forced to remain with our thoughts during our confinement, this experience may also provide us the opportunity to concentrate on learning to appreciate our body.
  6. The belief that thinness is synonymous with health — that weight is something determined solely by one’s own willpower or that weight loss will cure diseases — will endure as long as there are people who hold these beliefs.

However, there are some facts to consider before jumping to any conclusions about the situation: 1.

2. Increased weight should not always be associated with poor health

Researchers have shown that obesity alone does not raise the risk of mortality in patients, despite the fact that doctors frequently recommend weight loss to their patients. Some study even implies that persons who are overweight but have also suffered from cardiovascular disease, hypertension, chronic renal disease, and a heart attack could be quite confident in their ability to survive their illnesses. This collection of studies is referred to as the “obesity paradox” since it describes a phenomena in which being overweight is related with a greater survival rate.

As a whole, despite the fact that obesity is considered an endemic public health problem, data suggests that body weight is not necessarily a valid indication of overall health.

3. Nutrition and exercise are not the only factors to weight management

For the most part, the information we receive about weight is framed as a question of individual choice — specifically, what a person consumes and how much exercise they get. It is, however, a more difficult picture in its whole. Aspects such as genetics, age, and sexual orientation are important, as are those known as social determinants of health, such as socioeconomic position, access to healthcare, and educational attainment. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person’s environment is a significant contributor to weight gain.

  • The availability of green areas, walkways, and grocery shops that sell fresh food in a community has a significant impact on the health of its citizens.
  • Reducing or eliminating one’s dietary intake may really be the healthiest choice.
  • These include an increase in hunger hormones as well as a decrease in satiety hormones, according to the latest research.
  • This cycle of losing and gaining weight on a regular basis really raises the chance of developing many of the ailments that are associated with being overweight.
  • Here’s how you begin the process of loving oneself on the basis of values rather than numbers.

Grieve the body you’ve idealized

The feelings of shame associated with one’s body image are not fleeting. They’re extremely powerful and must be dismantled in order to be completely eliminated from the scene. Doctor Kim Daniels, a clinical psychologist and coach who specializes in binge eating and negative body image and is the creator of the courseyour weight is not your worth, explains, “We’re taught to associate beauty with love and acceptance.” Daniels frequently assists clients in grieving the loss of the physique that they had hoped to have.

It is only when you are able to dispel the myth that your physical appearance influences your happiness or value that your concerns will begin to fade.

Reframe your thinking

The “check, challenge, change” technique, developed by Dr. Priyanka, Medical Director of Community Psychiatry, is used by people who are learning to deal with negative ideas in a healthy way. Pay attention to your feelings when you are anxious or unhappy since acknowledging them is difficult. The more you engage in this habit, the more natural it will become, and the more equipped you will be to see that negative ideas are not necessarily grounded in truth or reason. “Even the simple act of shifting from checking a notion to questioning an idea may bring about change,” Baweja explains.

When I realized that a lot of my dissatisfaction with my body was concentrated on the form of my lower stomach, I began replying with the phrase “I deserve to spend my time and energy thinking about things other than the shape of my stomach.” I had to sigh when I came up with this sentence, but it quickly transformed negative notions from absolute facts to just concepts.

Practice body gratitude + mindfulness

Daniels recommends that you end each day by thinking of three things that your body did for you, as recommended by Daniels. Perhaps it freed up your time to go errands or spend time with your children. The aim is to put more emphasis on what your body can perform rather than on how it seems to be. It is also possible that writing these thoughts down will have a significant impact. After writing about elements of their bodies they were grateful for, participants in a 2018 research reported feeling better about their bodies than those who wrote about their perfect vacation.

Taking a look in the mirror and defining oneself in objective words is another activity Daniels suggests.

“We’ve imbued our bodies with so much moral significance,” Daniels explains.

Wear comfortable clothes

Anyone who has ever walked out the door in a pair of uncomfortably tight (yet slimming) pants understands the psychological effects it may have on you. However, it is occasionally necessary to be reminded of how basic (and more comfortable) ways may be just as drastically fulfilling as more complex ones. “You are not required to put on a show for others through your wardrobe. According to Christyna Johnson, a Registered Dietitian who does not advocate dieting and the host of the Intuitive Eating for the Culture podcast, “you are permitted to exist comfortably.” She recommends wearing garments that don’t require regular adjustment because doing so may distract or attract the wearer’s attention back to their bodies throughout the day.

“It is accomplishing its goal of minimizing the tactile sense of clothes. Because it takes up a significant amount of mental space. We’ll be able to do more if I can lessen the amount of cognitive space that you’re devoting to your clothing,” she explains further.

Set conversational boundaries

It might be beneficial to separate oneself from talks about diets, weight reduction, and body image that take place in person or on the internet. Sweeney and Johnson both advised examining your social media accounts and unfollowing anyone with whom you have a tendency to compare yourself, whether it’s in regards to your physical appearance or financial condition. When you’ve done that, Sweeney recommends that you augment your feed with a more wide selection of individuals to “extend the visual repertory that you’re taking in.” It is recommended by Daniels that people consume more body neutral and anti-diet information, whether it is by reading books or listening to podcasts.

The fact that you despise yourself generates billions of dollars in revenue for others.

Seek help

In order to restore their connections with their bodies, some people will require professional assistance. Dr. Johnson suggests that you consult with an experienced therapist and nutritionist who are both informed by the Health at Every Size program. “I understand that for some individuals, this appears to imply that they are broken, which is absolutely not the case,” Johnson explains. ” “Rebuilding your connection with food and your body will have ramifications well beyond your physical health.” For example, Johnson frequently guides clients through the process of setting eating limits, such as uninstalling calorie counting or movement monitoring applications from their phones.

  1. Negative ideas are sure to resurface from time to time, no matter how much inner work you put in to overcome them.
  2. “The relationship we have with our bodies is the longest-lasting relationship we will ever have.” – The possibility of having a pleasant experience all of the time is not realistic,” Sweeney argues.
  3. It has a purpose, for example, by alerting us when we’re about to collide with something, but it is also vulnerable to emotional responses from the individual.
  4. It is difficult to reprogram our perceptions of our body.

Then we may “concentrate on who we want to be, rather than what we want to appear like,” as the saying goes. Consider the implications of it. Emily Kelleher is a writer and editor located in New York City who specializes in health and culture. You may find her on Twitter and Instagram.

How to deal with post-pandemic life

Life after the epidemic is discussed! Depending on where you live, you may be knee-deep in lockdown or you may be beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In any case, I’m sending you a lot of patience and positive energy to help you along the journey, and here are some suggestions on how to move ahead that you may use right away or later down the road. Let’s have a conversation. In writing this piece about post-pandemic living, I felt compelled to do so since I’ve been hearing more and more reports of individuals beginning to experience post-pandemic worry, anxieties, and fears.

  • It’s important to note that I am in no way an expert in post-pandemic living (I’ve never done it before!
  • If you don’t agree with me, that’s OK with me as well.
  • I’m thrilled to “go back to normal,” and while I recognize that this is a “new normal,” I also recognize that I want to do things better and differently this time around.
  • Having said that, I’ve gained a great deal of knowledge over the past year, which I’m bringing with me.
  • I am not going to say yes to every chance that presents itself to me.
  • I want to continue to put a strong emphasis on my home and family life, because they are really important to me.
  • Indeed, a greater number of doors will open and a greater sense of normalcy will return, but there will always be the minor possibility that things may spike again.
  • But I also believe that we are ready to take those first steps in the correct path, especially if you choose to be vaccinated and you live in the United States of America.
  • Here are some further reflections on post-pandemic living.
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Say no, and use “no” as a complete sentence.

Conversations on life after the epidemic The state of lockdown may vary depending on where you reside, and you may be knee deep in it or just getting a glimpse of the light. In any case, I’m sending you a lot of patience and positive energy to help you along the journey, and here are some suggestions on how to move ahead that you may use right away or later on down the road. Let’s have a conversation about something. In writing this piece regarding post-pandemic living, I felt compelled to do so since I’ve been hearing more and more reports of people who are experiencing post-pandemic worry, anxieties, and fears.

  • It’s important to note that I am in no way an expert in post-pandemic living (I’ve never done it before!
  • We understand if you do not agree with us.
  • I’m thrilled to “go back to normal,” and while I realize that this is a “new normal,” I also recognize that I want to do things better and differently this time around.
  • As a result of my experiences over the last year, I’ve gained a great deal of knowledge that I’m bringing along with me.
  • Not every chance that presents itself will be accepted.
  • Home and family are extremely important to me, and I want to continue to put a strong emphasis on them.
  • In the short term, more doors will open and more normalcy will return.
  • I believe that we must move with extreme care at this point.
  • (Once again, I’m aware that people in other nations have been impacted far worse than others, and I’m hopeful that they will see progress in the near future.

Another set of ideas on post-pandemic existence are presented here:

Take care of your health. Take care of your health. Take care of your health.

How ironic that all of the world’s superpowers were able to come together in less than a year to develop a vaccine, but we can’t get those same brilliant minds to collaborate on ways to urge people to live healthy lives rather than only treating us when we’re sick? I understand it seems harsh and unkind (and hey, I joyfully received the vaccination), and the fact that you are reading this blog indicates that you are concerned about your own health as well. Despite this, the world encourages people to have unhealthy lives.

  1. My health, as well as the health of my family, is the thing in which I take the most pride.
  2. When life gets in the way, it’s all too usual for us to put our workouts, sleep, and nutrition on the back burner.
  3. This implies that you should prioritize your sleep (give yourself a bed-time alarm, and stick to it).
  4. That entails getting your body moving on a daily basis.
  5. You also don’t need to put a label on your health that says anything like Paleo, keto, vegan, or whatever.
  6. Meet with your doctor and a registered dietitian for assistance if you are concerned about your health.
  7. If you saw a decline in your health during the epidemic, I hope you are able to begin to regain it as soon as possible since it is not something that can be put off.
  8. True riches is found in one’s health.

Moms need help. Parents need help. Ask for help.

During the previous year, parents had a difficult time. It was difficult to be everything for our children while still trying to take care of ourselves and our jobs. Dave and I have never had the luxury of having close family members to assist us with Brady on a daily basis, and it is unlikely that we will ever have that privilege. However, we do require outside assistance from time to time. And we went for many, many months without anybody watching Brady throughout the course of the previous year, until he was finally able to return to preschool for a few mornings a week again.

  • For real: It should not be anticipated or appreciated when a mother or parent manages to juggle everything.
  • I’m overjoyed that Brady is in preschool, and that we now have the addition of gym childcare in our lives.
  • There’s nothing wrong about requiring assistance with your children, and anyone who makes you feel that way should be politely asked to leave the room.
  • We don’t have to be everything to our children all of the time!
  • Childcare should also not be so prohibitively costly, but that is a topic for another day.

Still, don’t be afraid to reach out. Being a parent is a wonderful experience, but it can also be daunting. In addition, in order to be successful parents, parents must take good care of themselves. Allow me to provide you permission to seek assistance!

Do not chase your “pre-pandemic” fitness or body. Find a new and improved path.

Another thing I’ve been hearing a lot about recently is that corporations are after you and your pandemic-infected body. If you managed to keep yourself and your family alive, as well as your job, throughout the course of the last year, you have accomplished enough. I’m aware that some folks thought they had more time to exercise and were able to make changes as a result. However, I believe that the vast majority of people do not believe they are now at their physical peak. And do you know what else?

  • We all go through phases where we feel more in shape than others at different times of the year.
  • My goal is not to “regain my body,” but rather to increase my general functional fitness and participate in more of the activities that I like.
  • Is it possible that I will remain the same?
  • Because I intend to continue my efforts.
  • There is no need for a reset.
  • You must exercise your body consistently in difficult ways (with diversity), eat healthy whole foods most of the time, and arrange your workouts into your schedule in a way that works for you.
  • In addition, if your pre-pandemic clothing don’t fit anymore, you may sell them on Poshmark to make some money and use it to buy new items that do.
  • And it is not necessary to go to extremes.

Think outside the box with your routine. Just because you did it before, doesn’t mean you have to do it again.

Another thing I’ve been hearing a lot about recently is that corporations are after you and your pandemic-damaged organ. The fact that you survived the last year while also ensuring the well-being of your family and maintaining your work is sufficient. People have told me they had more time to work out and were able to make gains as a result of the change in their schedule. However, I believe that the vast majority of individuals do not believe that they are now at the height of their physical abilities.

  • No huge deal, I promise you that!
  • Fitness and lean muscular mass are not where they were before to the epidemic, as I can personally attest to.
  • Could it be that I’ll even outperform my previous best?
  • I’m not sure, but I’m not going to let that influence my level of satisfaction.
  • The purpose of all of this is that you do not require a detoxification.
  • An intense 90-day regimen is not necessary.
  • In addition, if your pre-pandemic clothing don’t fit anymore, you may sell them on Poshmark to make some money and use it to purchase new items that do.

When you are feeling well in your routine and completing what has to be done, you will be able to tell. This does not have to be excessive in order to be successful. Please understand that harsh measures are not necessary.

If you feel yourself getting overly scheduled. Stop. Assess. Remove.

This is one in which I am well aware that I must use caution. Prior to the epidemic, Brady and I were out and about every morning and afternoon, returning only to the house for his sleep in the afternoon. I made plans to go for walks. We went to the library to check out some books. He had to go to preschool. We went on errands. I spent a lot of time teaching group exercise classes. I put in a lot of time practicing to be a group fitness instructor. We were always on the move. However, even while I am looking forward to getting back to teaching in-person sessions, I know that I do not want to sign up for too many at one time, and I will not accept to teach programs that conflict with our family’s schedule.

  • Now that Brady is older, I don’t have to do any of that.
  • I dreaded the transition from his nap to the gym, especially on Tuesdays when I had to be at the gym by 4:30 p.m.
  • yoga session.
  • I definitely desired to be instructing a large number of classes, but I did not require being constantly on the move.
  • And when I see that my plate is being overburdened in my post-pandemic existence, and that my activities are becoming increasingly hurried, I will pause, examine, and eliminate.
  • All of us require some downtime to reflect and be in order to maintain our equilibrium rather than continuously running from one thing to another.

Overall thoughts …

According to what I stated at the outset of this post, we are not yet completely out of the woods here in the United States (and certainly not elsewhere in the world), but as things begin to open up more, I challenge you to think critically, consider your options, and be extremely deliberate in how you approach your post-pandemic life. I am aware that many individuals are concerned about returning to dreadful commutes, resuming hectic schedules, and returning to hobbies that do not offer them happiness.

That’s all there is to it for today!

Wishing you good health!

Other posts you may like …

Here are a couple of more posts that are linked to this subject:

  • In my world, today marks the one-year anniversary of the epidemic. Five new items that I’ve added to my life in the previous year that I really enjoy are as follows: Our first four months in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Our first four months in Charlotte, North Carolina

Questions of the day

In my part of the world, today marks the one-year anniversary of the pandemic The following are five new items that I’ve added to my life in the previous year that I really enjoy: In our first four months in Charlotte, North Carolina, we experienced a variety of emotions and experiences.

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