Although I consider myself a confident woman today, it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, at 46 years old, I can honestly say that I spent most of my life feeling not good enough.
Diet culture conditioning and the pursuit of the thin ideal kept me from accessing what was a fact: my innate worth. I was chasing externally what was already present internally.
The Not Good Enough Voices
I was confusing my thoughts with the truth. The not-good-enough voices were just that voices. Thoughts that were playing on repeat in my mind that with time became a belief. The belief that I wasn’t good enough.
What I didn’t know was that beliefs aren’t truth. Beliefs are simply long-held thoughts that feel factual.
Although I spent decades believing that feeling good enough was something to be earned, it’s only when I allowed myself to challenge this belief that I began feeling better about myself.
When I became curious about where the not-good-enough voices came from, when I began asking myself where I learned that I wasn’t good enough, that’s when the breakthrough happened.
When I authorized myself to believe that it was possible for me to be worthy as I was in my now body, without eating perfectly or meeting the thin ideal, I began feeling confident.
Curiosity & compassion were the tools that reconnected me to my innate worth and tuned out the not good enough voices.
On today’s podcast
Our guest Vanessa Preston is a Mental Health Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Nutritionist in Australia. She has provided assessments and therapy services for 14 years and specializes in treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma.
She’s also is the creator of the Body and Food Freedom Project and the host of the Body and Food Freedom Podcast where she supports women to make peace with food and their bodies. Currently, Vanessa is in full-time private practice at Green Life Psychology and Counselling.
Vanessa will help us navigate the path back to feeling good enough.
What you’ll learn listening to this episode:
- The power in naming the feeling of not good enough
- The intersection between diet culture and women feeling not good enough
- Being curious is the first step in tuning the voice of not good enough
- How to use compassion to feel good enough
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