How to Have a Positive Body Image
Let me tell ya! If you have EVER dealt with this issue, you my dear are not alone! Body image issues can truly mess with your head and can put a major damper on your self worth, confidence, and self esteem.
I had a battle with my body image for years.
Prior to starting a blog, I was a fitness competitor (which I absolutely loved) The sport taught me so much about life, discipline, patience I mean the list could go on and on. However, in order to be competitive, you had to be lean…I mean cut up! This was not a maintainable body image, and purely for competition however a few of things happen when you bounce back from shredded to normal.
One, you begin to confuse what “normal” is from a body standpoint. Two you get many negative comments on how your body looks “skinny” (when you are competing) and three when you go back to your normal weight you get many comments about how you gained so much weight…
Seems like you can’t win!
Now you may not be a fitness competitor, but I’m sure at some point you have felt some type of judgment or even have judged yourself for not looking a certain way.
However, even though you have had (or do have) feelings like this, today that will end.
I was able to break free of the negative thoughts and learned to appreciate my body for how amazing it is. Here is how to develop a positive body image.
1.) Don't Allow social media to determine what is normal
No mam! It is devastating to me that we live in a world that thinks it has the right to tell you what you need to look like. However, we are inundated each and every day with pictures, posts, videos, depicting the ideal body.
Needless to say, not everybody does or wants to look like the current body trend and that is okay!
Just because something is glorified in the eyes of the world doesn’t mean that has to be your personal point of view. Remember that nobody has been deemed responsible for determining what you should strive for. A body image that you are proud of is something that should be a personal choice made by you.
As long as you are happy and healthy that is all that matters.
2.) remember that appearance has nothing to do with your value
Just think about it. You have a couple of arms and legs, two eyes, and some fingers and toes. However, think about all of the amazing things you can possess on the inside. These are things that not only show your value but can also bring value to the lives of others.
We could go on and on about all of the amazing qualities that we can possess.
However, it is important to understand that they all come from an inner place. They have absolutely nothing to do with what the mirror or scale says.
These qualities are what truly bring value to this world.
3.) Stop any criticism about your body image dead in its tracks
I have definitely had to do this a time or two, and I actually had to cut some of the people I cared about out of my life because of it.
My advice to you would be if you are around others who consistently criticize the way you look they need to be told immediately that you will not tolerate it. If they are not willing to adhere to your request it may be time to limit their place in your life.
The truth is that people spend so much time discussing and judging others that they waste time working on their own self.
Nobody is perfect, and while some may think they are doing you a service by pointing out your flaws they need to use that time correcting their own.
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4.) Not comparing yourself to others will drastically improve your body image
Woman, you are way too amazing to be comparing what you lack to someone else. The truth is that nobody in the world is perfect, and even if you feel you may not possess as many qualities as someone else you may not know their full story.
We are absolutely obsessed with seeing people at the glory stage instead of being in the struggle. When you see someone you admire you must remember that there is always a backstory.
Think of it this way…when you graduate from school others come to cheer you on for the day you received the acknowledgment. However, they don’t think about the effort you put in for four years prior.
So appreciate yourself for where you are on your personal journey. Don’t waste time thinking thoughts of lack. These thoughts will never serve you and will only bring on more thoughts you do not want.
5.) Pants size means nothing
A healthy body should never be about pants size rather it should be about your overall wellness.
If you decide that you want to drop a few pounds for your health, or just to feel better that is always okay. However, your goal shouldn’t be tied to size.
One of the reasons for this is that we all know you can go to three different stores and be a different size in each. Manufacturers, brands, all have different “suggested sizes” that’s why you always see a size chart online.
If you go into every shopping trip thinking you must wear an eight, what happens when you are a 12? Will, you beat yourself up? This is why you should never tie your self image to things that can fluctuate. Doing this can wreak havoc on a positive body image, and your self esteem.
6.) time to get honest with yourself
Now, if you are in a situation where you are not happy with your body image because of choices you make that put yourself there it’s time, to be honest with yourself.
Sometimes when we are faced with a negative mindset about how we look we are actually the ones sabotaging our progress.
Although everyone’s body is different, and body image is about embracing your unique body it’s also about having a healthy body.
If you consistently make poor choices with eating habits or never commit to some sort of exercise (even if it’s just a few short sessions a week) then you must be the one to look yourself in the mirror and say “the issues I have with my body are from things, I am doing to it.”
Even though this can seem harsh it will give you the authenticity you need with yourself to understand that you can change your choices in an instant, and start to feel better about yourself.
You will not only feel better about yourself because of a slimmed-down physique, but you will also be empowered because you’re able to make a decision and become disciplined enough to get the result you desire.
Breaking free from a negative body image is absolutely liberating. It will instantly make an amazing change in your life. Which step will you start on first? Comment below!
So Many Blessings,