Episode 47: Testing Positive For Herpes Awakened My Self Love + Helped Me Heal My Body Image
✨Bek is a Personal Freedom & Emotional Wellbeing Coach, Speaker, Writer and Naked Awakening Facilitator. She started as a sports coach but when she was diagnosed with a common STI - herpes - she went into a free-fall shame spiral which eventually led her on a journey of discovery and enlightenment about the virus, her body, her life and her being.
This powerful episode is full of deep insights about the journey from external validation to truly integrated, inner acceptance. We explore the horrendous stigmas that exist around STIs and how, for Bek, this virus was a catalyst for awakening self-worth and self-love. There is so much magic in this episode and her messages, like how we can receive love for who we truly are rather than what we have or how we look.
Here are just a few more of the joyous and enlightening messages you will hear in this episode:
💫 Looking beyond the negatives: Herpes has so much stigma, negative connotations and feelings of shame associated with it but it is extremely common. She wants to remove its power by breaking boundaries and creating awareness to normalise the conversation around it. She discusses how voice activation is key to our personal freedom and releasing shame.
💫 Eating disorders and body image: By connecting with her body and listening to it, Bek has been freed from binge eating. Your body will choose what makes you feel the best, so by asking it what it wants and giving it permission, your body becomes happier and healthier.
💫 How herpes is a virus of the mind: A huge % of the population has it but as they are a-symptomatic they have no symptoms. Even medical professionals don’t always understand it and can bring shame to an individual who is dealing with it with detrimental effects on mental health. She discusses how to break the shame cycle of an STI.
💫 How to deal with herpes in relationships: Voice activation is key to our personal freedom and releasing shame. Bek is helping us understand how to approach a conversation about herpes with someone close to you, or a potential or current partner. She beautifully explains how this is a scary step, but ultimately a very healing and confidence-building pathway.
💫 Self-care and holistic health practices for regular breakouts: Stress magnetises this virus. By nurturing, loving and accepting your body - not berating it - your connection with it will bring you joy and nourishment.
💫 Body confidence: Testing positive showed her what true confidence is. Radical acceptance of what you perceive as flaws are freeing and liberating. She talks about needing to release judgement and accept who you are because avoiding emotional pain only manifests pain into your physical reality.
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