For the days you feel bruised, the times sleep can’t seem to wake you up, and everything in between:
For the Bad Body Image Days:
Looking in the mirror isn’t always as fun as it used to be when you were five years old and running through the carnival fun house. You used to smile at seeing your body in various funny shapes, face paint making you feel silly and free. Now there are days where reflective surfaces make you squirm and you’d rather catch the flu than risk catching a glance of yourself. On the bad body image days, remember that you are soft and squishy and that isn’t something to be disgusted at.
You are soft because you are home to organs and a life. You are squishy because you know that there are some days where munching on kettle corn is more appealing than sprinting miles. You are resilient and these feelings will pass. Remember that lighting, angles, and perspective all contribute to our self image. There will be days that the mirror lies. Know better.
For the Bad Anxiety Days:
I remember all of my panic attacks, and I’m betting you remember yours. I remember walking my dogs, headphones playing something wonderful, and everything was A-okay until it wasn’t and I could hardly breathe. But I also remember the first time I stopped a panic attack in its tracks. It rushed up to wrap it’s claws around me and I refused to lose my balance. On the days that anxiety is crippling and your heart feels as though it may physically beat so hard that it leaves your chest, remember that one day you will find your balance.
Continue to work through the tools you’ve been taught. Count to 10. Call a friend. Cry it out. Give yourself the permission to be human, and heal at your own pace. I know you’re looking at everyone looking at you and how they must be judging you for being so uneasy in a life filled with blessings. You can be blessed, fortunate, grateful, and still have bad anxiety days. That doesn’t make you spoiled or rotten. It makes you brave for fighting.
For the Plain Old Bad Days
Shout out to the days where everything goes wrong so you try to stay in the righthand corner of the ring, hurling positivity at various demons. Some days just suck. Some days you sink and often times it’s the days you desperately needed to float. It’s times like these where you get to be your own PI. Retrace your steps and evaluate your feelings. How did I get here? Give it some thought, and then let the fuck go.
You won’t always be able to guide yourself out of a bad mood, but you can choose to respect your feelings regardless. Sometimes the pain has to run its course and we have to let it. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers right now. It’s okay if they come to you on a good day, and it finally makes sense. Speak softly and act kindly towards yourself on all days, but on the bad days especially.
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