One of the best gifts I’ve given myself is learning to stop being self conscious.
Easier said than done.
For me, facing the fear was a great way to realize it’s not so scary!
I thought about what made me self conscious and decided to put it out into the world.
Guess what? Soon, it lost its power over me and my confidence started growing!
Sometimes, though, life forces you to face your fear, get outside your comfort zone, and literally “sink or swim.”
My guest today, Jen Hodson, knows exactly what that feels like.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2016. Her body went through a series of tests, treatments, and surgeries…but, in a way, so did her mindset.
Jen realized what was truly important, you and I can both takeaway something from her perspective.
Self consciousness might be the first feeling we have towards our bodies – 1:48
How Jen reconnected to her body after treatment – 4:47
Jen’s changes in body image perspective – 6:39
Exercising to feel good rather than look good – 8:24
I have THIS in common with almost ALL my guests! – 10:22
Celebrating what your body IS capable of doing – 12:30
How to protect yourself from negative body image messages – 14:35
Where to find true happiness (which is really how to stop being self conscious) – 17:43
Jen was introduced to me through my sister, Sarah, who also battled breast cancer in her 20’s. I’m really glad we connected, because (as you can tell from our conversation) she’s a pretty cool woman.
After undergoing treatment, she’s realizing her old habits of comparison and wishing her body looked better are coming back to her.
It’s not that being self conscious was something she hardcore struggled with (no more than you or me) but it’s the fact that it took breast cancer for her to realize “having cellulite doesn’t matter”
You don’t have to have a perfect body in order to stop being self conscious. All you have to do is find other things to love about yourself.
Jen said during treatment she was only focused on surviving, taking care of her body, and making sure she was eating enough.
Well, that’s what we all need to do. You have a purpose and your goal as a human on this earth is to expand that purpose. Focus on expanding your purpose, taking care of your body, and seriously eating enough food to nourish and pursue your goal.
Rebekah Buege is a body confidence coach helping strong women process critical thoughts and heal insecurities.
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