In this podcast (episode #518) and blog, I talk about overcoming body image struggles.
Dealing with body image issues can be challenging, but there are strategies that can help you develop a healthier relationship with your body:
- Practice Self-Compassion and Positive Self-Talk: Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer to a friend. And work on challenging negative thoughts! When you catch yourself thinking negatively about your body, confront those thoughts by asking if they're based on facts or distorted perceptions.
- Focus on Health and Functionality: Instead of fixating solely on appearance, concentrate on what your body can do and how it feels. Prioritize your health: make choices that promote overall well-being, such as eating balanced meals, engaging in regular physical activity you enjoy, and getting sufficient rest.
- Limit Exposure to Unrealistic Standards: Be mindful of media influence! Recognize that media often promotes unrealistic and idealized body images. Limit your exposure to content that triggers negative feelings about your body. Curate your social media: unfollow accounts that make you feel inadequate and follow those that promote body positivity and diversity.
- Seek Support and Professional Help: Share your feelings with friends, family, or a therapist. Opening up can help alleviate the burden of negative thoughts. Also consider seeking professional help from therapists who specialize in body image issues or eating disorders—they can provide personalized strategies and coping mechanisms.
Remember that changing your perspective and improving your body image takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. Surround yourself with positive influences and remind yourself that you are more than just your appearance. Developing a healthy body image is an ongoing journey, but with dedication and support, you can make progress toward feeling better about yourself!
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0:30 Dealing with body image issues in our world today
1:10 Social media & body image issues
2:08 Tips to manage body image struggles
4:30 The power of self-compassion
9:03 Focus on health & functionality, not just appearance
10:14 Limit your exposure to unrealistic standards
16:10 It is okay to ask for help!
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