Positive thinking goes hand in hand with positive actions. That’s why things like meditation, daily affirmations and self journaling have such a big impact on our thinking and perspective – and help us live our best life.
Now that we've been in quarantine, we've been given a lot of time to reflect, and just be with ourselves. Some of us have been experiencing changes in our bodies since staying at home too, so what better time than the present to put the two together and show some well-deserved appreciation for our bodies!
We love to talk about Body Joy here at Sol de Janeiro. It’s our mission in life to share this with you and inspire this in you. Body Joy means loving, celebrating and taking care of your body. It’s about appreciating your unique and amazing beauty and doing what feels good to you. So, let’s do away with that critical eye when we look in the mirror and let’s start looking at ourselves through a new lens of love.
Self journaling is a great way to encourage this kind of thinking and action. But where to start?
First, let’s take the guesswork out of it – and any intimidation factors. Self journaling is just your way of expressing and collecting your thoughts any way that feels natural to you. Your words, ideas, observations or goals. It can be free-flowing, or it can be more structured. You can do it on your phone, or for some old school flair treat yourself to a pretty little journal book that’s special and all your own. You’re the subject!
The idea is to get thinking and writing. Let’s write about our bodies, maybe even write a love letter to your body. Think of all the things you love and appreciate your body.
Here are some idea starters:
I love all the places you take me.
I love that I can depend on you.
I love how strong you are.
I love waking up with you every day!
Also, pay attention to what’s extra special about your body – cute feet, nice shoulders, smooth tummy. Don’t forget to feel love for those love handles, too – and stretch marks (most humans have them!).
Here's a template of our Body Joy love letter - share yours on Instagram and tag us @soldejaneiro - we LOVE seeing them!
Self journaling isn’t homework, but it is a good way to focus on real observations and bring important feelings to light. This can inspire greater Body Joy. Self journaling is an awesome way to start the day and set the tone for gratitude and self-awareness. You can also do it at bedtime as a way of ending the day and reflecting on and appreciating everything you did and experienced with your body that day.
Remember - you’re unique, you’re beautiful, and your capacity for Body Joy is limitless!