There have been times over the years where I'd allowed people to make observations and suggestions about my body. I never felt confident speaking out, so I took it on board and didn't say anything.
But for the cost of keeping the peace, I was doing myself a disservice.
If the coming holidays are filling you with dread for the unwanted body comments that may be bestowed upon you -- you're not alone.
You may worry unsolicited body comments may set you back, leave you second-guessing yourself and undermine that process of building trust and compassion with your own body.
It takes energy to fend off comments on social occasions, especially if you don't feel comfortable speaking up in a public situation.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Send A Direct Message With Your Silence
You don't have to justify your body to others. You are an autonomous human being, and your body is your own space and sanctuary.
Another way to send a clear message you're not up for unsolicited body comments still without saying anything is like this.
or change the subject
Nice and simple, subtle yet, clear!
Don't ever justify yourself or entertain those comments. Not for a second. Couldn't get any more explicit than that. It sends a big message you're not interested in going there.
You'll feel empowered, and you're body protected too.
Sometimes it's the things you don't say that sends a more meaningful message than what you do.
Do this enough times, the message will get through you've got no interest in others' opinion of your body.