Taking Steps to Body Positivity
It can be easy to be negative about your body. No one is immune to these thoughts, even supermodels worry that their bodies are not perfect enough.
Body image is a major concern in today’s society and a big contributor to eating disorders. That is why it is vital to develop a positive body image. Everyone can recognize the impact of body image on self-esteem and well being, so here are some tips for living more comfortably in your own skin.
Understand that Imperfection Is a Fact of Life
Nothing, and no one, is perfect. Imperfection is a fact of life, and it is important to recognize that reality. Once you embrace imperfection, it will be easier to accept issues with your own body. This tip alone will not prevent eating disorders, but learning to recognize that everyone is struggling with their own insecurities can be helpful in recognizing you are not alone.2
Be Skeptical of Social Media – and Media in General
Excessive consumption of social media and advertising images have been shown to contribute to eating disorders by fostering an unrealistic body image. You do not have to avoid social media or turn off the commercials on your TV, but you should recognize that these created images are just that – created.
Advertising is designed to sell, and fostering unrealistic expectations is one of the most effective ways to market products. From makeup to clothes, these unrealistic images can contribute to a distorted body image, and it is important to recognize how these images impact the way you feel.
Find Creative Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem
Many people who suffer from poor body image also suffer from poor self-esteem. If you want to feel better about your body, start by feeling better about your mind.
Look for ways to boost your self-esteem, from pursuing your favorite hobbies to creating your own unique works of art.2 You do not have to be a jock to enjoy playing a sport, and you do not have to be an artist to enjoy drawing. Simply pursuing these activities can boost your self-esteem and help you feel better about yourself.