Everybody Hurts, Sometimes

by connie

When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on

Don’t let yourself go ‘cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes

- R.E.M.

The struggles we have with a healthy weight, body, and body image are real and everyone has them, whether they’re conscious of it or not. While we all wrestle with it, the shapes of our struggles are unique for every person. My ideal body image is likely different from yours. My ideal healthy lifestyle is probably different from yours. My struggles with my weight gain over the decades is also unlike yours.

I think this is because our struggles ultimately stem from our minds. It’s a private affair no one else can fathom. Therefore, the only one to help yourself is ultimately you.

But, what if instead of fighting your mind, reprimanding yourself for having that donut, you treated it with more compassion?

I say you can. You can leave the battlefield raging in your mind and start living the life you deserve. With some mindfulness techniques and a commitment to practicing them, you can live with your struggles, rather than fight against it.

Each week, I will write a post about how you can use what’s known as ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to help you with your goals for a healthier lifestyle.

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