Ok, so at first sight, you’re likely to say, what on earth has kindness got to do with weight Komal?
You will know that weight is complex, it has many different factors which affect it, but in my experience a key driver to weight gain is emotional traumas/triggers. Many of these can have profound effects on our bodies long after the trauma is forgotten. Which is one of the reasons why I recommend exploring your emotional triggers as a starting point when you are wanting to manage your weight better. Understanding this is the key to helping you increase your awareness of how you can begin to make changes to your lifestyle to better support your weight and wellbeing.
Expressing kindness, isn’t just about making others happy and safe, it’s as much about the physical and emotional impacts on our own bodies. Many of us who struggle with our weight often struggle to show that kindness to ourselves. By doing so you begin to fundamentally change the impact on our mood and in turn how our bodies react to the stresses and anxieties around us.
Below is a summary of exactly what kindness does for our bodies.
Kindness is a form of happiness, even imagining yourself being kind and in a state of happiness can have instant effects on your wellbeing and health.
Here are some small acts of kindness you could include in your day today.
- Remember a time when someone was really kind to you, what did it feel like. Remember this feeling often.
- Watch or listen to an uplifting video or podcast – Try out This Conscious Life by Eminé & Paul Rushton a favourite podcast of mine, or perhaps watch an inspiring Ted Talk today.
- Remember all the difficult things you’ve accomplished that you never thought you could achieve and make a list of them. Review the list and read them often to remind yourself of what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
- Remind yourself of all the kind things you have done for others in the past week (not matter however small they may seem remind yourself of these as their impact will undoubtly be large)