If you find yourself criticising your appearance, or you’re concerned about someone else, here are some strategies to improve body image.
What are you grateful that your body can do? Our bodies are amazing, let’s celebrate that!
2. Challenge society’s manufactured (and constantly changing) ideals of beauty
We are in an era where our societies have been brainwashed and socially conditioned to believe that our weight and the shape of our body is a critical component of our worth.
So often, societies we live in have set beauty standards that we need to conform to, to be considered beautiful or handsome.
These standards are not achievable for most people. You are unique, in every way <3
3. Reduce unhelpful and unnecessary body comparisons
Every body is different. How beautiful is that?! It’s not fair on us to compare our bodies to other people’s. Notice times when you’re doing it and challenge those thoughts.
4. See and value yourself as a whole person
You are so much more than your body. You have talents, strengths, attributes that are unique and beautiful. What you look like doesn’t make you. It is only one small facet of who you are. Celebrate and nurture the things that make you, you.
5. Diversify what you see
You can control and curate what appears in your social media feeds. If we continue to expose ourselves to flawless, unattainable images of people, we start seeing this as the ‘norm’. Follow people that make you feel good about yourself and your body.
6. Be realistic
No one feels great about their body all of the time. Poor body image moments happens; its important we don’t respond to these negative feelings with unhelpful behaviours.
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