Body image is the mental picture a person has of their body. A distorted body image can have very tragic results. When we feel bad about our body, our mood plummets. Unfortunately a lot of us punish ourselves for not having perfect bodies and even hate our bodies, or parts of them. This negative image poisons the rest of our self-image making it impossible to really be happy.
On the other hand, a healthy body image occurs when a person feels positive and confident about their body and who they are. If a person feels good about themselves it affects every part of their life in a positive way.
According to the American Psychological Association, 45% of Americans may experience anxiety or depression due to dissatisfaction with their appearance. Sadly, it appears that we are buying into the myth that physical perfection should equal a high self worth.
Find Peace In The Body That You Have
- If you insist on weighing yourself to track your progress, limit it to once a month. Woman, especially, have too many hormonal fluctuations that can change their weight from day to day. Also, as you build lean muscle mass, you’ll put on a pound or two in exchange for a few pounds of fat loss. This exchange could equal no change on the scale for a period of time. Don’t let that get you down.
- Don’t deprive yourself of food. Make smart food choices but never let yourself feel hungry. This will only defeat your efforts by slowing down your metabolism and setting yourself up for binges.
- Learn how to cope with stress, anger or hurt, which can often lead you to skip your workouts and make bad food choices.
- Accept your body as it is and don’t compare yourself to others. Be aware of the negative things you say to yourself about your body and instead focus on the positive changes that you are making.
- Don’t buy into media influences that cause you to feel bad about yourself if you don’t measure up to their standard of beauty. Realize that advertisers often want you to feel bad about yourself just to sell you their products.
- Be consistent about taking care of yourself. Exercise, eat right and treat yourself good with occasional beauty treatments, manicures, or facials… whatever makes you feel good!
As we all work to have a more positive image about our body, our confidence in not only our body image will increase, but in all aspects of life. Confidence will lead to better choices, better relationships and a more positive outlook at life situations. Positivity will come back, like all things, in full circle.
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