Be grateful today for your body

We talk a lot on Justb. about women, whether we judge women more than men, women being bitey, magazines making us feel like we should have body issues

And this is good. This is really good. We’re talking. It’s making us think. It’s making us really work on our collective self-confidence.

I know this is something I battle with my head on a daily basis. Do you?

How’s your relationship going with your body today?

How was it yesterday?

I’ve been reading and dipping into Amanda Gore’s new book, The Gift of Gratitude, over the past couple of weeks and I’ve got to hand to to Amanda, she knows how to get inside my head (and probably yours) … very quickly.

I know Amanda and I’ve heard her speak. She is uproariously funny and supremely inspirational (seriously, if she wasn’t doing this GREAT stuff and speaking all around the world, she could be a stand-up comedian).

She just cuts to the chase. And I like that in a woman. Very much.

The Gift of Gratitude is one of those books you should carry around in your handbag, leave on your bedside table or your desk. Somewhere where you can just pick it up, open it and see what “message” you need today.

The Gift of Gratitude by Amanda Gore

I'm grateful I got to read this book at the beach

Today, I thought we could be collectively grateful for our bodies. A Justb. gratitude session, if you like.

Amanda has included daily gratitude exercises at the end of her book and being grateful for our bodies is one of them.

Here’s part of what she suggests:

Your mission today is to spend the entire day expressing gratitude to your body!

You are to say nothing negative, no matter what your stomach, thighs or face look like!

Treat your body with respect, give it grace, love it, and tell it how thankful you are for it.

“It’s so sad that people only really learn to be grateful for what their bodies are, or do, when they become unwell or disabled in some way. Appreciate the enormous job your body does for you every single moment you are alive,” says Amanda.

She says that stress busters are an essential part of being grateful for you body, so today, why not try one (or more!) of her ideas?

  • Book a massage
  • Go for a walk
  • Have a bath and detox your body
  • Rest
  • Deep breathe
  • Turn off all phones and any other electrical thing for 30 minutes
  • Sit in the sun for 20 minutes
  • Meditate or listen to music
  • Laugh: watch a comedy movie

There’s so much more in the book but this is a good start, don’t you think? Do you think you can do it? Do you think you can be grateful for you body? Today … and tomorrow … and the next?

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PPS. Over on my Styling You blog, I’m talking future beauty products, what’s coming out and what I’m liking.

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  • Carly Findlay

    You know what? As difficult as my body is, I’m grateful for it!
    I’m grateful that my legs look hot in heels, that my skin condition meansno body hair and a fast metabolism and that I have an awesome smile. I am also grateful that this rare condition has afforded me so many opportunities of media work and meeting cool people.

    Great post :)

    • Nikki Parkinson

      Oh, Carly … thanks for stopping by. You are an amazing example of gratitude for your body – and yes, you rock a heel xx

  • Cate

    I went to yoga today. I’ve been feeling rather depressed this week, and it was a great way to re-connect and do something good for myself.

    • Nikki Parkinson

      I think that’s the key, isn’t it? Re-connecting with our minds/body … otherwise we feel all flat. Well, I do!

  • Reannon Hope

    I need this book NOW !!!! Off to Fishpond I go….Thanks for the great story Nikki :)

    • Nikki Parkinson

      No problems, Reannon … and I’ve just got in and responded to your Facebook comment too. Sending you a big, big hug xx

      • Reannon Hope

        Your a gem Nikki! Thanks for the lovely words. Weird how people we have never met can offer comfort & support isn’t it? I love JustB, you guys are all doing a wonderful job & make my time on Fb just that much more fun!

        I tried looking for the book online but I cant seem to find it. Any suggestions as to where to buy it-Im in WA….


  • carolineammundsen

    I was running outside today and noticed all the “beautiful” people running and thinking how much better they looked than me. Then I saw a man with what I would describe as a genetic condition, very short legs, but a normal sized top half. I thought how lucky I was that I had my body, and how silly I was thinking that I wasn’t as good as everyone else, that was true body gratitude in an instant!!

    • Nikki Parkinson

      True, and he would be grateful that his legs enabled him to walk. It’s so easy when we break it down to our health and what our bodies CAN do for us.

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