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Let that tummy flop!

Updated: Jun 7


Now this is going to be a short but sweet reminder. A Life lesson that I learnt recently

and am passing on to you so that you don’t make the same mistake I did. You might read the title of this weekly reminder and think what is this girl talking about, you might even think “Alessia, this is TMI” but if I can help even just one person out there from making the same mistake I did, then it's worth it.

For a long time, growing up almost my whole life I have always always held in my stomach, so much so that it has become unconscious. I do it without even meaning to. I always thought “Oh well, I’m strengthening my core, this would be good for me” but I was wrong. I’m not going to go into much detail about why I did this; with societal standards surrounding body image I’m sure you would be able to piece together how and why this would have come about for me.

The reason I am telling you this is because I have recently learnt at how this can have a negative impact on your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are important for so many reasons: childbirth, bladder control and a bunch of other things. Over time from a mix of my anxiety and stomach holding, I have almost lost the ability to relax and calm the lower half of my body around my pelvic muscles. The impact of a lifetime of being tense has come to fruition over the last two years. I’ve had to see multiple doctors and a couple of specialists to figure out what was going on with my body and make a plan on how to work through it.

Finally, I know what I need to do and let me tell you, de-programming and reprogramming your mind and body isn’t easy and it is also NOT cheap. So here are my 3 valuable tips that I hope you will take into consideration and implement if you feel necessary.

  1. Reduce anxiety and stress in your body as best as you can. Whatever way you find works for you to do this, I implore you to continue doing it and even implementing more ways in which you can ease your mind and body. Whether its meditating, journaling, yoga, running, painting, swimming anything! If it brings you peace you’re on the right track.

  2. Learn how to breathe. This might sound like a crazy one, breathing is so easy? Well there is a way to breathe properly and sometimes it can be the difference between you being healthy and not. You can YouTube breathing exercises in order to learn how to breathe using your entire diaphragm and into your stomach!

  3. DON'T BE LIKE ME. Let your tummy flop. If you’re someone who holds in your stomach, it’s time to let it go. It’s not worth it.. for soo many different reasons. Our health has to be our priority, I don’t want you guys to go through what I have.

Find peace. Breathe. Let go.

It might seem logical, but we all don’t do this enough for ourselves and you know what? We deserve it. We deserve peace. We deserve to be comfortable. And we deserve to feel connected to our own bodies.

Have a great week. Sending love!

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