You Deserve New Underwear.
You Deserve Fresh Underwear.
You Deserve Pretty Underwear.
How do you feel when you put on old, stained, worn-out underwear vs. a pair that is fresh and fits really well? They don’t need to be from Victoria’s Secret. They can be plain-old Hanes from a multi-pack, but you need and deserve nice underwear. Fresh, clean pairs without period or postpartum stains. Go look through your drawer. Take out the pairs with stains, with holes, with elastic that is shot. Put a few old pairs aside if you must, and then go buy something new, that fits, in a color that you like.
Can’t afford it? If you can afford a lunch out, you can afford some new underwear. If you can afford the adorable little hat/sweater/onesie for your baby, you can afford some new underwear.
If you need a bigger size, go buy a bigger size. Don’t wear a pair that cuts into your skin or has elastic that is too tight. Find a pair that is comfortable and attractive. You Deserve it! You don’t deserve it because you lost ten pounds, you don’t deserve it because you met some diet goal. You deserve it RIGHT NOW. Because you deserve to feel good in your clothing. You deserve to have the first thing that you put on bring you a little joy.
This is a really basic way to nurture yourself, to nurture your body. Would you knowingly subject your child to the physical pain of underwear elastic digging into their skin because they gained a few pounds? No, you wouldn’t.
Would you tell them that they were bad and lazy and tell them not to eat? No. Would you deprive them of something because of the way that they looked? No. You wouldn’t (and they haven’t grown and birthed a baby)
You would encourage them, when they were ready to find ways to nurture their bodies through food, movement and kindness. You would wrap them up in your arms and let them know that you loved them, no matter the size of their waist.
From the time I was in my teens, my mother has bought me great bras and underwear. These little gifts came in matching sets in pretty boxes. They arrived when I was a size 6 and when I was a size 12. When I have something important to do, like a presentation or event, I always wear one of my fancy sets of underwear. No one else is going to see it, but I know that I look and feel good from my core all the way out. We call them “Power Panties.” Because when you put on your very best underwear, you feel like a rockstar. It feels good to have something that is just for you. Not for your spouse or your co-workers or someone who is going to see you on the street, just you. So clean out your drawer, throw away your old pairs and go buy yourself some Power Panties. You deserve them!
If you are looking for more ways to embrace and care for yourself as a woman and a mother, to nurture the core of who you are, check out our Friday mini-workshop series, In Our Own Skin. This group explores how to change the way we see and treat our bodies, moving from deprivation and punishment to intuitive care through a holistic approach.
P.S. I did this exercise myself. Here’s what I had to get rid of…..
I will be at Target tomorrow.