Self-Acknowledgement propels progress and is a tool for transformation.
What is Self-Acknowledgement? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary is means: “known and openly stated by oneself as being such.” It can be seen as the ability to get to know, understand, and appreciate oneself. Somewhere between middle school and growing into adulthood we forget just how important self-acknowledgement is. We have a tendency to focus only on where we think we should be in life, and what other people are thinking and surmising about why we are, where we are.
People often criticize weight loss surgery patients for taking the easy way out. We have said this hundreds of times before and we will never stop saying it, “There is nothing about surgery that is easy.” It is important to acknowledge the bravery it took to make and follow through with bariatric surgery.
With weight loss the body moves from a sick place towards health. Physiological changes occur such as the resolution of co-morbidities. Bariatric patients are now becoming free of physical limitations and experiencing a greater quality of life. For continued success throughout the weight-loss and maintenance journey for patients, it is important to acknowledge and recognize the positive changes.
Not only are old habits broken, new healthy ones developing, but co-morbidities and illnesses such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain, reflux disease, etc. are eliminated or lessened for most patients.
Finding worth in oneself is probably the biggest challenge all of us face. We forget who we are. What if instead of focusing on where we think we should be, or worrying about where others think we should be, we focus on celebrating our own progress? And instead of worrying what others might be thinking, we focus more on our thoughts and positivity? Once we remember and reclaim our worth, our lives take on new meaning.
Self-acknowledgement can be thought of as a muscle. The more you use it, the better you get at it. Your own self-acknowledgement can be a reflection on acknowledging others, too.
Positive self-talk is one of the keys to long-term success. Thinking positively about oneself can help shower yourself with rewards and self-praise to keep you on the path of a lifestyle of health.
Even though the surgery affords many physical advantages patients may still struggle with some other emotional difficulties. Most of us fall into the trap of assuming a change in our lives will solve all of our problems. How often have you thought to yourself, “If I just had a new house, more money, more time, a new job, or more space, I would be happy.” Many of you may have thought to yourselves before having weight loss surgery that losing weight would make you happy forever and your problems will go away. Most times a lot of us find that thinking this way is in vain. None of these things will take away emotional difficulties. The road to health is not an easy one. You will experience a lot of challenges that will be difficult to deal with. It’s so important for you to know you are of worth and that you are accomplishing so much!
Here are some tips and suggestions on ways to help:
No more negative self-talk. Period. Remove the words stupid, dumb, ugly, fat, lazy, failure, and any self-negative word from your vocabulary. Replace them with verifiable examples of successful behaviors, not concepts.
Negative Talk to Others
To go along with negative self-talk, no more talking negatively about yourself to others. When you talk negatively about yourself to others you are helping by showing them with instruction on how you wish to be treated. Begin to put a voice to your success no matter how small.
If you are part of a religious sect, turn to your faith for peace.
Check out books from the library about self-esteem.
Keep a journal on your emotional stability day to day. Record the choices you make that bring you joy and stability.
Keep attending support groups. Make friends with patients in your support group. It can help to confide in someone who has had the same experience as you. Share you challenges and successes. Your story can help inspire others.
Emotional difficulties are part of life, but sometimes a more serious problem is present. If you feel that you suffer with a psychiatric problem, please, please, do not be afraid to consult your primary care physician.
Rewards should not be food or clothing related. Food is for nutrition. Your clothing size is rapidly changing. Reward ourself with something of value such as a relaxing massage, spa facial, and/or manicure/pedicure, buy a new kitchen tool or get a new hair-do, buy new golf clubs, jewelry, or books. Go on a fun vacation. It is such a powerful tool and of such importance on our own self-acknowledgment to clearly see something good that we have done. To sit and enjoy an outcome that has worked well for us. It will help to recognize what it is that makes us feel good, what we value, what is important to us. Take the time to thank yourself and acknowledge yourself.
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