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Healthy Mind & Body

By Jernice Kelley    
Web Content Contributor

For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with my body image and the insecurities that stem from that. When I transitioned to a different phase of my life, my body rapidly changed and my insecurities surrounding my body image erupted.

At this particular moment in my life, I have never been more aware of my body. Spending time in quarantine has helped push me to think of my body differently and taught me better ways to approach my health and overall wellbeing.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article that discussed three very different body types. As I was learning about ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorph body types, it made me reassess my eating habits and how I was treating my body.

Taking the information I had recently learned, I realized that I was an endomorph, however, it is not always so black and white. Many people fall between body types, usually having characteristics of at least two out of the three.

Not only this, but there are different body shapes within those categories as well. While putting a label to everything may not always be the best practice, in this case, it is beneficial because knowing your body type can help when trying to make health-conscious choices. 

Recently, I decided to try switching over to a vegan lifestyle. Not fully, but slowly replacing things that I typically enjoyed with healthier or plant-based versions.

Switching the things I love to eat with plant-based options was something I never thought I would do; however, I decided to do so because I realized that I did not just want to diet or continue looking for a “quick-fix” for my body, but I wanted to change my lifestyle.

Those who choose to make the switch do so for many different reasons. I also realized that wanting to become healthy does not solely rely on the physical aspect, but it is important to look at the mental aspect as well.

When addressing body insecurity, at least for me, I needed to change my mindset. Not just on how I thought about health, but how I thought about myself.

 You can be your own worst critic, and that is something I did not want to continue putting myself through.

While the journey to body acceptance can be difficult at times, especially because of the pressure placed on ourselves to live up to societal beauty standards, it is important to not trap ourselves in negative thoughts.

Envisioning where you want to be and having positive self-affirmations work wonders. Even meditation can help soothe the mind.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, or “quick-fix” when it comes to being a happier, healthier version of yourself. It is a process and what matters is that you are making conscious decisions that will benefit yourself in the long run.

Featured image by Jernice Kelley via Canva free imaging.

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