With social media booming and technology advancing, it feels almost impossible to be beautiful. There are people with fit bodies, or bodies that genetically fit the societal norm of what is beautiful. There are so many apps out there that can modify your faces to look perfect, or to physically change your body shape within an app with a click of a button. It is hard to see if we are just the outlier or if everyone is getting good at photoshop.
So how can we have a healthier view of our body?
Identify all the things you do like about your body: Don’t be afraid to look in the mirror. What do you see? What do you like about your body? Look at your eyes, your nose, your ears! Do you like your hands or the way your body is shaped? Identify the features you do like about yourself and appreciate that you have them.
Stop comparing yourself to others: We tend to compare ourselves to each other because social media tells us what the beauty standard is. But did you know the beauty standard is always changing? It is impossible to constantly change our body according to what looks beautiful to society. Stop wishing to look like others and just focus on yourself. If there was nobody to compare to, would you still hate your body the same?
Practice gratitude: Focusing on the things you are grateful for, including your body and all that it can do, can help you develop a more positive attitude towards yourself.
Set realistic goals: It's okay to want to make healthy lifestyle changes, but it's important to do so in a way that is sustainable and doesn't involve extreme measures or negative self-talk.
Positive Affirmation: Changing your mindset is everything. Start speaking positively to yourself and to your body. Your mind and your body image truly changes when you speak positive and uplifting affirmations to yourself consistently. Whether you believe them at the moment or not.
Seek support: If you're struggling with body image issues, it can be helpful to talk to a trusted friend or family member, or seek professional support from a therapist or counselor.
Remember that social media is not reality: It's easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others on social media, but it's important to remember that the images we see are often highly curated and may not reflect reality.
Embrace self-care: Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally can help improve your overall well-being and body image. This might include things like getting enough sleep, eating nourishing foods, and engaging in activities that bring you joy.
Work on yourself if that is what you want: If you want to work on yourself and exercise, do it. Have a goal and work on yourself. You can want to lose weight but not hate your body at the same time. Also, lose weight for yourself, not for anybody else.
Surround yourself with healthy minded people: The less you spend time with people who care so much about your body and their own body, the more you realize, it really isn’t everything.
In conclusion, developing a healthy body image is about much more than just striving for some arbitrary standard of beauty. It's about feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin, and embracing the unique features that make you who you are. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can learn to love and appreciate your body for all that it is and all that it can do. So don't be afraid to look in the mirror, speak positively to yourself, and embrace self-care. With a little time and effort, you can cultivate a healthy body image that allows you to live your life to the fullest.