Jordin Woods opens her journey with mental and physical health. (Photo Dead Shaniqwa Jarvis, designed by Quinn Lemers)

It’s numbers. It is a series of Yahoo’s life on the journey of influential and inspiring people as they explore what self-confidence, body neutrality, and self-love mean to them.

Jordan Woods A.D. She experienced her father’s death in early 2017, and a few weeks later she was diagnosed with cancer. But as you enter the whirlwind of sadness that you still claim to be working on, the model and the influencer have undergone a change that many have praised in their physical appearance. For Woods, however, it was deeper than that.

“As I went through my grief, I realized that what really saved me was fitness, it was fitness that saved my mental health, it saved my life. And I didn’t work out a certain way, I didn’t do it.” I worked to fit a group or to wear certain clothes. I did it because it saved my life and my mental health. Then I realized that there are many more people in the world and that there are probably people with similar problems. She tells Yahoo Life.

Woods’ relationship with her body has long been complicated, with her unrealistic beauty standards stemming from her upbringing in Hollywood and other unsolicited comments from her childhood. Season a Video When she posted a picture of herself on her YouTube channel, Woods recalled being a paparazzi photographer when she was 12 years old and ashamed of her weight as a result.

Woods called her a paparazzi photo

Woods called the paparazzi photo “the lowest point.” (Photo Dead YouTube / Jordan Woods)

“This was my low point,” the 24-year-old said in the video. “It was like a strange concept to me because when someone took my picture, this was the first time it was posted on the internet and there were comments. Now it can be very sad to read these comments at 12 and 13 years old. It started.

Growing up with people she often compared to, the negative moment of that moment followed Woods’ youth. Most of these mistrust is reflected on social media, where Woods continues to work with comparisons and cyberbullying.

“My forum has expanded and I have been more publicly investigated and insulted than I was when I was a child. It has affected me more in my youth than it does now,” she said. “Some days when I fall and when I read comments, it affects me more than other days. So in those days I try not to go online, not to write my name, not to search for those things. Because you can get it.

Her approach to social media is now connected to her “head space”, just like her physical activity. Although many people talk about the link between exercise and mental health, Woods was one of the first young influencers to say that her weight loss in 2018 and 2019 had nothing to do with her desire to change her body. Instead, it had to do with changing her mind.

“We all deal with things, we all get into situations sometimes, we all go through our own struggles and our own crisis or loss or grief. Choose how we handle that,” she says, acknowledging that her own struggle with anxiety and depression has its own role to play. . “But for me, I felt like I had a choice to say, ‘Wow, everything is working on me,’ or to find out how I can be stronger in this time of sorrow. And I truly trust in God. Can I Get an Education? How Can I Be Stronger? How Can I Be Better? ”

Fortunately, body-positive conversations with family members helped on this journey. Woods is inspired by her relationship with her younger sister Jodi, and she knows how to express herself in her efforts to help her 14-year-old daughter grow up positively.

“I always preach self-love. And I think the things I’ve said over the years really stick with my sister and my peers, because your individuality is your greatest gift,” Woods says. “It’s great to see how I can feel about my body or anything. [Jodie] It does not really happen. It’s one of the ways I came to help her. “

With grief, mental health and fitness, Woods is called upon to serve others in the community, which is what she started working on at her fitness forum. FRSTPLACE.

“Jumping into the world of fitness can be scary. If you’re like me, I’ve always been a big woman and it’s scary to see a six-pack bodybuilder,” she said. . “So I wanted to create a less scary environment where we could build a community of real people who are connected to the real things.

That daily approach brought Woods to where she is today, not only loving her body but accepting what it is and what it does for her. “It’s the only one I have. So I’ve learned to love my flaws,” she says.

And while In the knowledge of Yahweh The cover star is ready to be “humble” at this stage of her life, and she can’t forget her progress.

“Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is so hard,” she says of her childhood. “We must not hit ourselves. This body is given to you for a reason. Hold on to it and love your flesh. Because if you do not love yourself, you cannot receive your love.