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Style: September 07, 2018

38 STYLE | wellbeing

38 STYLE | wellbeing WEAR IT WELL It takes a sure mind to keep negative messages from permeating the feelings we have about our body and ourselves. Words Charmaine McGregor Fashion is wonderful thing. It has beauty and an art to it. It reflects a certain time in society and even relevant social issues. It is also a fantastic way to express your individuality. However, social media and advertising is increasingly pointing out our flaws, in a bid for us to purchase certain products, and the insidious nature of such negative messaging can take effect. If it is all starting to make you feel down, it is time to take charge. Body-esteem vs self-esteem There is a difference between body-esteem and selfesteem, but often the two are mixed in together. Bodyesteem is looking at how you value your actual body parts individually and as a whole system, while your self-esteem is looking at the value you place on yourself or your personal values. Too often, a person’s self-worth is linked to their body. If you have ever felt the feelings of shame, guilt or negative self-talk after jumping on a scale, then you know what I am talking about. Yet those scales are measuring only your mass, i.e. bones, muscles, fluid, fat, teeth, eyelashes... you get the idea. Knowing your strengths, values and all your loveable qualities are part of your self-esteem is an important step. List five of your personal strengths – they might include being: a great communicator; determined; a hard worker; an advocate for family and friends. I know many of my clients can struggle with this, so try asking your best friend, partner or loved one what they think your strengths are. WAVERUNNER CENTRE sales@waverunnercentre.co.nz 0508 WAVERUNNER, - S.I. info@radmarine.co.nz 021 756 631 - N.I. www.radmarine.co.nz

STYLE | wellbeing 39 Move away from restriction and hate We need to stop treating our bodies with deprivation, restriction and hate. Think of the things you say about your body every day: “I’m too fat in the middle”; “My face is ugly”; “I don’t have muscle definition”; “I must not eat anything bad”; “I must exercise every day this week”. Now, grab your best friend or child and tell them everything that is wrong with their bodies. Over and over. You simply wouldn’t ever do that. Then, why are you doing it to yourself? Your negative self-talk has likely become a belief from either past experiences or stories you have told yourself, but this belief is no longer serving you. But you can change this belief by focusing on the wonderful things your body does each and every day. Try listing five things you are grateful to your body for: “Thank you, legs, for allowing me to move my body”; “Thank you, lungs, for allowing me to breathe in this fresh air”; “Thank you, arms, for allowing me to hug the ones I love”. Does saying this make you feel like an imposter? One who doesn’t deserve such words? Does it make you angry, sad or roll your eyes and want to flick to the next page? This means there is work to be done on your body-esteem and listing your gratitudes for your body is something you need to keep doing until you believe them. Understanding the difference and then working on the belief systems around your body and selfesteem is worth taking the time to practise. Move your body, nourish your body and care for it. It is time to really listen to what your body, mind, soul and spirit wants from you and not what messages are being forced on you from the outside world. Move your body, nourish your body and care for it. It is time to really listen to what your body, mind, soul and spirit want from you and not what messages are being forced on you from the outside world. ULTIMATE BEAUTY OIL Contains a perfect combination of three of the best skin oils known to help keep your skin healthy, vibrant & flawless. Contains 100% pure blend of Organic Dilo, Organic Argan & Wild Rosehip oils. AMAZING PRICE - 50ml ONLY $26.90 MAIL ORDER AVAILABLE Thomas Lin founded TCM -Christchurch Chinese Medical Centre in 1996, seen and treated over 20,000 patients. Specialists in: • Acupuncture • Chinese Herbs • Acupressure • Moxibustion • Cupping • Colon Hydrotherapy BRINGING YOU THE BEST IN NATURAL HEALTH MARSHALLS HEALTH & NATURAL THERAPY 388 5757 | 110 Seaview Rd, New Brighton TCM Chinese Medical Centre Christchurch Clinic: 285 Riccarton Rd Ph: 03-3431668 Ashburton Clinic: 47 Alford Forest Rd Ph: 0800 826285 Email: office@tcmchristchurch.com | www.tcmchristchurch.com