Three things we dive into in this episode:
1. Why sitting with grief is a crucial part of body image healing
2. The power of impactful reframing - unlearning the old messages we tell ourselves and replacing them with equally impactful truths
3. Finding balance between providing free services and being fairly compensated for your time and energy
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[03:46] Who Is Brianna Campos?
Brianna is a body image coach and a trained mental health counselor in New Jersey.
Bri calls herself an accidental entrepreneur. She found interested in body image from her lived experience and experience as a provider in eating disorder recovery.
She has always felt that the conversation on body image was lacking.
Body Image with Bri started as a blog. Four years later, it's now a business that has helped hundreds of people struggling with body image as well as recovery providers.
Bri's new venture is helping former body grievers embrace their new identity as entrepreneurs.
[06:18] Overcoming Challenges
The biggest challenge Bri had to and continues to overcome is the identity of a people pleaser.
The fear of a changing body comes from how we think other people will perceive us.
She had to reach a point where she could only care about what she thought of herself.
Body Image with Bri wouldn’t exist if she remained stuck in her body image grief.
Brianna: “My goal every time I post, every time I show up, is that if one person can feel less alone in their own grief, then I've done my job.” - Click Here to Tweet This
[09:15] Climbing One Hill after Another
Having the right tools and skills will enable you to manage — no matter what obstacle shows up.
It is hard, but part of the journey is sitting with the grief. When you're ready, you can utilize these tools to get through it.
Then, you can either help someone else with your new skills or utilize them in another area.
[13:25] Sitting in the Suck
Brianna: “That's the point, that it is both — it is ‘and.’ It is the suck and the joy. It is the food freedom and the food struggle. It is the body acceptance and the body distress. The presence of one is evidence that the other can exist — it is not ‘either-or.’” - Click Here to Tweet This
The diet culture mentality gets us stuck believing we always have to get from one place to another.
Your feelings don’t care if you pretend the suck doesn’t exist. Your body will feel what it feels.
Sometimes, it's more effortful to pretend it doesn't bother you than to acknowledge what you feel.
[16:30] On Grief and Body Positivity
The core of "body acceptance" and "neutrality" is wanting your body to take up less space in your brain.
You're never going to hate your body into neutrality. If love feels impossible, then accept your current reality and extend kindness to your body.
Brianna: “If you're not willing to be honest about your struggle, about your own internalized hatred or fear of, we can't move forward.” - Click Here to Tweet This
Bri says she doesn’t love how her body looks now. But it no longer impacts her behavior and how she perceives herself.
At the end of grief is acceptance, acknowledgment, and learning.
[22:01] Bri’s Inspiration for Creating a Space for People in the Helping Professions
If there is no tension or a little bit of healthy stress in your life, it means you’re complacent.
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