How to Improve Your Body Image?
Body image is a mental and emotional reflection of what you think you look like, feel when you see yourself in the mirror, and react to your body. Body image also accounts for the features that make you, you.
Constant bombardment by media images and social pressure can cause people to feel uncomfortable about their body, leading to distress and ill health. It can also affect work, social life, and other aspects of life.
Developing a positive body image takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself as you try to not only have more love for your body, but to realize you are more than a body. You are a human being with talents and qualities that are much more important than what your body looks like.
Why Is Positive Body Image Important?
A positive body image is important because it impacts the way we feel about ourselves. It impacts our level of confidence and how we interact in our relationships. When a person makes other factors a determinant of self-worth and self-acceptance, one’s appearance becomes less of a focal point.
How Is Negative Body Image Harmful?
Examples of some of the potential consequences of a negative body image include:
- Poor self-esteem
- Social isolation
- Eating disorders
- Health issues
- Depression/ Anger
- Body dysmorphia
- Muscle dysmorphia
- Poor job performance
- Academic difficulties
How To Improve Your Body Image
Appreciate Your Own Beauty
Discover everything you like about yourself. Make a list, and physically write it down. When you’re feeling bad about yourself or your body image, revisit the list to remind yourself of all your positive attributes. As your self-esteem improves, you may find even more parts of yourself that you love. Add them to the list!
Remove body talk from interactions with others
Body talk slips into our daily conversations all the time due to cultural norms, but bodies don’t need to be the focus of social time. If it comes up, you can redirect the conversation or even change the subject altogether.
Do physical activity
Exercise can boost a person’s confidence in their strength and agility and contribute to their mental and physical well-being. It can also reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
Avoid Being Preoccupied by Social Media
Social media use is linked to low self-esteem. Try not to get too caught up in it. Make a conscious effort to go on your social media apps less. If you’re feeling extra down about yourself, it might be a good idea to not open such apps daily or delete them from your phone for a couple of days for a social media cleanse.
Seek a professional help
If you find yourself struggling with body image, contact Dr, Carla to discuss how you can change the way you view yourself. Your body is something that should be celebrated – not to be ashamed of!