Positive body image is not an overnight achievement. It takes a long time to be able to be confident within yourself and it can sometimes be a difficult thing to do. While we’d all like to think that we can achieve self-love with the snap of our fingers, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
However, one of the first steps to achieving positive body image is altering your thought patterns. Instead of looking at yourself in dislike, there are healthier ways that you can go about thinking of your body and what it can do. Here are some ways you can practice positive body image to make the necessary steps towards achieving self-acceptance.
Remind Yourself Your Weight Does Not Define You
It’s really tough sometimes, but do your best to remind yourself that there is so much more to life than your weight. Your weight is only one part of who you are, and it doesn’t showcase your personality, your kindness, or your achievements. It doesn’t represent the atmosphere you bring into a room or indicate what you’re good at.
Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and weights. You deserve to feel good about yourself and what your body can do no matter what weight you are. It’s hard to remember sometimes, but attempt to bring your focus back to the fact that you are more than your weight, and you don’t need to prove that you’re struggling with your mental health through altering your weight either.
Surround Yourself With Positivity
If there are people in your life who bring in negativity and make everything about physical appearance, then it’s best to try and avoid them as much as possible. It’s so much easier to feel happy within yourself when you’re surrounded by supportive, loving friends and family members who aren’t going to judge you no matter what you look like.
Not only can this type of support system help you in becoming more confident, but you’re also going to have the ability to reach out to people when you need help. Oftentimes, people will feel like they need to show people they’re struggling to get them to understand their mental strain, but, with a support system, you’re going to be able to get the help you need without turning to self-destructive tendencies.
Remember Negative Body Image Only Hurts Yourself
This is one that I’m constantly reminded of as it’s something that I also find it difficult to come to terms with. Try to remember that having negative body image and damaging your body in response only hurts yourself. It’s not going to affect anybody as directly as it’s going to impact you, and you’ll be damaging your quality of life.
It’s difficult to think about, but you’re only hurting yourself by hurting your body. Of course, people who matter in your life are going to be concerned, but they aren’t going to be effected in the same way that you are. By damaging your body further, you’re just making yourself more miserable and prolonging your suffering, not theirs.
You don’t have to prove yourself to anybody, and, while it’s easier to say than to actually do, try not care too much about what other people think. If we always live in fear of what other’s perceptions of us are like, then we’re just going to find ourselves constantly comparing who we are and what we can do to others. In turn, it’ll just make it worse.
Get Rid Of Clothes That Make You Feel Bad
Who cares if that top is too small or those pants are too big? Get rid of them. If they make you feel bad, get rid of them. There’s so much more to life than feeling bad about yourself because of the clothes on your back. Instead of wearing uncomfortable clothes that make you constantly aware of your body, just try and stick to something baggy and comfortable if it makes you feel better.
We’re constantly reminded of the sizes of clothes that we wear and, even though this shouldn’t be a priority, it’s something that rules the society that we live in. Keep in mind that all different clothing brands and outlets have different ways of sizing their clothes, which means a size small might be a size large for a different company. It can really mess with your mind, but clothes are clothes and there’s no ‘right’ size you should be. If anybody tries to tell you there is, they can keep walking.
Note: Negative Body Image Promotes Body Distortion
Your image of yourself could be the complete opposite of the next person’s image of you. This is down to the fact that negative body image breeds distorted self-image, as we genuinely don’t know what we look like. We see ourselves in pictures or mirrors, but we don’t see how our bodies look like in person or how they carry us.
It’s so easy to get caught up and lost in our own self-perceptions that we forget what really matters – and that’s not your weight. Body dysmorphia is a cruel demon that likes to deceive you, and it’s difficult to hear anything above the negative thoughts that it tells you. However, just because you see yourself in one way does not mean that other people see you in the same light at all.
With these few tips, you can be on your way to promoting better body image for yourself and your own mental wellbeing. It might not happen overnight, but trying to keep these few things in mind will help you on the path to self-acceptance. Keep at it, and you might find that your mentality changes quite a lot.