Today is a very important day for a very important movement. For those of you not submerged in the food/healthy living blog world, you may be unfamilar with Operation Beautiful:
From the website: The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk.” If this little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic negative self-talk is — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
August 2nd through August 7th is Change The Way You See, Not The Way You Look Week. In honor of the release of her book, Caitlin is encouraging bloggers to share their experiences with body image, healthy balance, and self-confidence.
I felt moved to participate in this movement, so in true Tuesday fashion I give you:
TEN THINGS THIS TUESDAY: WAYS TO SUPPORT OPERATION BEAUTIFUL
1. Post a note. Write an inspiring message on a sticky note, then post it somewhere where everyone and anyone can see it. Mirrors are great places to start, but think outside the box: in a random book, on an interoffice memo, on a lunch bag in the office fridge! If you email Caitlin a picture of your note, she’ll include it on the website!
Here’s the note I posted today in our restroom at work:
(The quote is borrowed from lululemon’s manifesto)
2. Look in the mirror and smile. Did you know that smiling feels like eating 2,000 chocolate bars?! Don’t believe me?
According to The British Dental Health Foundation, a smile gives the same level of stimulation as eating 2,000 chocolate bars. The results were found after researchers measured brain and heart activity in volunteers as they were shown pictures of smiling people and given money and chocolate.
Smiling will save you money and inches compared to all the chocolate you’ll need to buy for the same experience!
3. Send some love to your friends via social media. Whether it’s via Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, MySpace or Yelp, send your best friend a love note today. It can be as simple as “You are beautiful!” or “Thanks for being a great inspiration and friend.” A short message will brighten their day in more ways than you could know.
4. Take a walk. You’ve probably heard that physical exercise releases of hormones and neurochemicals that boost your mood. But I’ll use the words of Elle Woods to really sum this up: “Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy, happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.” At least you have that to look forward to!
5. Reach out to a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile. Is there a person in your life you’ve been meaning to hang out with, but life keeps getting in the way? Dig out their phone number and call them today. Even a five minute chat will brighten your spirits. It may even lead to a play date at a later time!
6. Pet a dog. You never get tired of seeing this guy, right?!
Another well known fact is that mood elevators in the brain rise when you pet an animal. Don’t have a dog – find one on your walk. Just make sure to ask its owner for permission to pet it before you do!
7. Go easy on yourself. If you are striving for perfect, you are always going to fail. Why be so hard on yourself? Set goals that are specific, but achievable. For example: my original goal to run/jog my entire 5K this weekend. Unfortunately, life has gotten in the way of my training schedule, so I’m not sure if I’ll reach that goal. But, I know that I can at least finish the race while giving it my all. And as Heather said, it will be a PR either way!
8. Believe in yourself and take a chance. Have you been meaning to go back to school? Quit your job? Start your own business? Stop living in the fear of “what happens if I fail?” Your new mantra: I am not finished with what I have to accomplish on this earth and I will be successful.
9. Read Operation Beautiful. It drops today and you can purchase it at Amazon, Borders or Barnes & Noble. Caitlin shares the stories of some fantastic bloggers, including Heather from Then Heather Said and Katie from Health for the Whole Self.
10. Love yourself TODAY. If you are not going to love yourself, who is?! I highly encourage you to visit Operation Beautiful for some inspiration – because you are wonderful, just as you are, in this exact moment.