Though you can do this anyway that feels natural to you, one way to give yourself permission is to make eye contact with yourself in a mirror and speak the words, “I give myself permission to ____________”.
- “I give myself permission to accept my body.”
- “I give myself permission to shift into a more supportive, sustainable relationship with myself.”
- “I give myself permission to love myself as I am.”
These affirming statements are most effective a) with eye contact maintained while speaking them (though it may be difficult to maintain eye contact at first, if so keep practicing or try a different statement for a while), b) when you select an affirming statement that resonates with you as truth, or something you are able to believe or accept, and c) practiced daily in an upright posture position (or power pose, as named by Amy Cuddy).
Posture is one of a number of simple tools you embody that can have a big impact on your healing and growth outcomes…including improving self-relationship. This is something I teach and incorporate in my coaching and other programs, and it is one of many ways the physical body influences how we think, feel, experience, and relate to ourselves, others, and the world. This is why the body is key to healing and growth…all parts of the whole person influence one another but when we embody the shifts, we begin to experience our healing and growth in ways that are more easily perceived.
Remember, even if you aren’t loving yourself right now…I love you just as you are. It is important to be supported by community that loves and accepts you and sees your value and worth…especially when you are unable to connect to those things internally.
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If you implement the suggested practice in this post, I’d love to hear your feedback after 2-4 weeks of regular practice…check in with yourself now, and then reevaluate in 2-4 weeks to observe the shift! (please advise if the link is not accessible, email email@example.com)