What I’m Reading Today: The Feel-Good Edition

Now that it’s fall and you can feel the chill coming into the air at night, we could all use some warm fuzzies.  Today’s readings are all about feeling good.

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Since my injury, I’ve been feeling down and have been wondering what I am without the use of a key part of my body – what is a roller derby skater who can’t skate?  Or a kettlebell instructor who can’t swing a kettlebell?  Deep down, I know that those are skills I possess, rather than what makes me who I am.  But sometimes I need to be reminded that feeling good about yourself doesn’t always come naturally, that self-image is an ever-evolving thing, and that we all have tough days.  Here’s some stuff that’s helped:

When it comes to accepting your body for what it is and what it can do, listen to what the Rose City Wheels of Justice have to say.  I admit, this might have made my face leak:

Next up, an amazing post from Rozanne Lopez on the same(ish) topic.

Here it is.

Go on, I’ll wait.

Okay, amazing, right?  I love Rozanne’s story, her manifesto, and the way she chooses to parent her children.  If you didn’t read the piece, she says,

“I invite you to help me start a movement.  A movement that has been slowly growing at the grass roots level for years and that is slowly seeping into mama and dad blogs in and around the interweb.  We are moving to a broader definition of beauty for our sakes and our daughters’ sakes (and also our sons’ sakes).  Moving to an acceptance of how we choose to show that beauty as long as at the end of the day, we are comfortable in our own skin.”

I am SO on board to join this movement.  I don’t have kids, but I do mentor lots of new skaters to roller derby, and train lots of women, including juniors,  and many of us struggle with with body image issues.  The more we can confront those issues head-on, look at them for what they are, and learn to be comfortable with who we are, the better.

Finally, unrelated to body image, but totally related to feeling good, here’s the happiest dog in world loving fall:

This makes me unreasonably happy.

How about you?  How do you pick yourself up when things aren’t feeling so great?  By watching playoffs?  Enjoying pumpkin spice everything?  What makes you happy?

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  1. I think its really normal to be in the dumps after an injury. I ended up seeing a counsellor for a little bit after I broke my leg because I was so depressed. It’s so hard and I totally relate with you.

    It helped me to make goals and then set plans for how I was going to reach those goals and I actually continued to do that after I healed up and I still really enjoy it. Netflix also helped (lol). I remember one day there was a really bad snowstorm and I couldn’t leave the house (snowbanks and crutches do not mix) so I ordered pizza and wings and had a Netflix marathon all day. Not the healthiest way to make myself feel better, I will admit, however I gave myself permission to own the fact that I needed a rest and I let myself enjoy that day of relaxation. The next day, it was back to the routine of physio, school, working on being mobile, etc. I think that sometimes it’s hard to identify what we need and let ourselves have it.

    I wish you all the best with you healing. I have no doubt that you will listen to your body and give it what it needs 🙂
    Also, I just found this Women’s Empowerment Movement, and I thought maybe you might enjoy reading about it
    See you soon!

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