Having a healthy body image is important because it can affect your self-esteem, self acceptance and your attitude towards food and exercise.
Here are some of my favourite ways to help you to improve your body image.
Look in the mirror and focus on the things you do like about yourself and the way you look, or write down the things you like about yourself.
Don’t say bad things about yourself. You can change the way you think about yourself by saying something nice.
Make your goals focused on being healthier rather than ‘fixing’ things you don’t like.
Do something that makes you feel good, like chat to a friend, put on your favourite music, get a new haircut, or go for a brisk walk.
Avoid comparing yourself to others; everyone has a different body shape.
Be nice to others about their body shape, too. What you say can damage someone else’s body image and self-esteem. Giving someone a compliment will help boost their body image and make you feel good, too!
Put away the scales. Weighing yourself every day can put too much focus on the amount you weigh rather than how healthy you are or how good you feel.
Eat regular healthy meals. Getting the right balance of nutrients can help with improving your health and mood.
Exercise or participate in group sports. It will keep you fit and healthy and is a great way to de-stress.
When you read magazines, watch movies or look at advertising, remind yourself that the models and celebrities have been digitally enhanced, or airbrushed.
Don’t worry about the size of your clothes. Different labels have different sizes that vary by up to about 5 cm. Always try clothes on before you buy them to see how they fit.
As soon as we change our perspective and start to love ourselves from the inside out and look at getting healthier, differently it becomes an easy thing to do.
It really is about who you become along the journey and what you learn a long the way, weight loss is just a side effect to that.