Author: Ridge Personal Trainer Jackie Corcoran

Do you want to feel more beautiful, loved and nurtured? It costs no money, requires no pulled muscles or extreme dieting and has nothing to do with the perfect soul mate. It starts right here with your own mind. Here are a few tips to get you going:

1. Take this moment to recognize one of the many incredible accomplishments your body makes on your behalf every day.  Is it driving, walking, petting your dog, breathing?  Practice this appreciation throughout the day. This type of healthy and realistic relationship makes it clear that the body is a tool–not ornament.
2. Change your perception of perfection. If one’s idea of perfection is always something out of reach–never to be attained–it becomes habit-forming and there is no lasting happiness.  Even when goals are reached, the emotional reward is short-lived because the mind is still in the cycle of not living up to unrealistic ideals.  Life is too short to live this way. Love yourself today–just as you are–wherever you are. If this feels impossible, investigate your own self-esteem and take action to build it up.

Mental patterns are hard to change. It takes time and diligence. It is easy to fall back into old patterns of thinking but the brain is plastic and you can change it. You are in control--make thoughts about yourself loving ones.

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