Stop Telling Me What To Do!

Love your body! Accept your body! Be happy with your body!⁠

⁠There was a time in my recovery that I got so angry over all the body positivity prompts and everyone telling me that I needed to be kind to my body and be grateful for my body. I swear (and I did)…if I had to hear one more person tell me to love my body, I was going to SCREAM!!!

⁠I understood the intention. It is a message that needs to be shared and spread. It’s an important one, too! Every body is a worthy body!

⁠…but what made me angry about this is that everybody was continually telling me to do something I just couldn’t do. 

⁠I wanted to do it. I tried to do it. I really did! I just couldn’t seem to get there.⁠

⁠In the end, what I needed to do for myself was to allow myself to feel the anger I had for my body. I needed to be allowed to be angry and experience these dark feelings…without someone telling me to think positively, turn your mind, look at all the positive…⁠

⁠This doesn’t mean that I allowed myself to trash my body. I was actively working towards recovery so I didn’t just say, “To heck with it!” and go haywire. But I did allow myself to say the words…”I hate you body. I’m really angry with you body.”⁠

⁠It was hard to do. It hurt like hell. It also felt really good to give myself permission to feel what I felt. And, interestingly, as I began to allow myself to feel the anger, I allowed in a sense of appreciation I hadn’t known was there. ❤️⁠

⁠Emotional healing played a BIG part in my recovery…anger is a scary emotion, true, but it doesn’t mean it’s bad. ⁠

⁠It may not be safe to act on anger in the way that your emotion makes you feel like you want to…but feeling angry, being angry…totally OKAY!⁠


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