Having a positive body image

I’m sharing this wonderful body-image article with you as it touches on so many aspects of healthy living, expectations, and achievement. I hope you like it! —Laura


post written by Anne Craddock

It’s not always easy to stay in the right frame of mind when we’re trying to get the body that we want. Sometimes, our desires can get the best of us and we lose sight of the bigger things in life. Because as much as it may seem the opposite sometimes, there’s much more to life than how we look. As such, it’s important to maintain a positive body image as we go through our weight loss process. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the dangers of body image issues and what you can do to make sure you keep a positive body image.

Dangers

There are a number of problems that can arise from a negative body image, such as anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders. These happen when an individual develops a fixation on their perceived flaws – flaws that often do not actually exist, or are at the very least greatly exaggerated. Once this happens, it can be a difficult circle to get out of because they feed into one another. For example, a person with a poor body image who fixates on their weight may feel greater shame and self-loathing after enjoying a meal, which would then cause them to even further exaggerated their body flaws. It is possible to get out of this cycle (though extreme cases may need treatment), but it has to be a conscious effort by the individual. Here are a few tips.

Ignore what you see in the media

People tend to think that what they see in advertisements and on television and movies are replications of real life. They see the perfect, flawless models and actresses and believe that those people have somehow achieved perfection. And if those people can, then perhaps they can too. However, it’s always important to remember that the media has a vested interest in making people looking perfect, and they spend a great deal of money and time to make it look like that. Those airbrushed photos aren’t real - the model does indeed have flaws, you just can’t see them as they’ve been manipulated out of the photograph.

Representations of other men and women in the media do have a negative impact on how people see themselves, often making them feel inadequate. Whenever you’re looking at these apparently perfect people in the future, remember that they too have flaws and they don’t really look like that – and there’s no reason you can, either, so don’t stress too much.

See the bigger picture

The pressure to be perfect is enormous. Everybody wants to have the perfect figure and look their best, but only one of these is achievable – they can look their best, but they’ll never be perfect as this doesn’t exist. When that thought gets you down, just remember that for the vast majority of history, appearance hasn’t really mattered. It’s only with the development of televisions, cameras, and make up that we’ve really put much stock in how someone looks. Back in the old days, other things – such as what you achieved and how you acted – were what mattered. It’s because of this shift that body disorder issues have reached unprecedented levels, especially when compared with the past.

Work on yourself

You should get into shape for you, not for anybody else, be it friends, family, or the wider society. Use that motivation as a confidence builder, not something that will sap the confidence out of you. Make your exercising and dieting all part of a broader goal to make you be the very best you can be. It’s unlikely you’ll ever truly be satisfied if how you look is the chief end of your efforts. Coincide that goal with a new skill, self-confidence, and being a better person and you’ll be on your way to radiating both inside and out, full of confidence. Take the time to ask yourself the good things you’re doing for yourself – if your fixation is only bringing you misery, it’s time to let it go.

The goals we have for how we look can sometimes backfire on us. Without knowing it, we can develop habits that can only cause us harm in the long run. By being mindful of what we’re trying to achieve – and how we’re going about achieving it – then we make sure we stay healthy, happy, and confident.

Having a positive body image

It’s not always easy to stay in the right frame of mind when we’re trying to get the body that we want. Sometimes, our desires can get the best of us and we lose sight of the bigger things in life. Because as much as it may seem the opposite sometimes, there’s much more to life than how we look. As such, it’s important to maintain a positive body image as we go through our weight loss process. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the dangers of body image issues and what you can do to make sure you keep a positive body image.