In the world we live in today, it is easy to get caught up in the way that we look. Unfortunately, that often leads to self-criticism and negative body image. To make it worse, it may sometimes feel like you are ghting the body image battle alone. This blog post is to let you know that you are NOT ghting alone, and to give you some ideas of what you can do when you get in a body image rut. These ideas come from someone who has battled eating disorders since a young age and continues to ght. These 4 insights have proven helpful for her and others she has shard them with.
BE SELF AWARE
Most girls know what sends them into a self-conscious spiral (for example spending hours on social media looking at the “perfect women,” standing in front of the mirror trying to x what they see, etc.) Figure out what your triggers are and try to avoid them.
TAKE A TIME-OUT FOR SELF-CARE
Do something for YOU (but nothing body image obsessed). For example, go get your nails done, get a massage, or curl up and read a book.
EXERCISE WITH THE RIGHT INTENT
Some people just think “burn calories, tighten this, trim that” when they ex- ercise. Negative self-talk while exercising often leads to negative self-talk in the mirror as well. Think about some positive reasons for why you exercise.
FOCUS ON HEALTH
When I am struggling, I think about the reasons why my body needs fat to function properly, and that my body is where it is at because I am unique. We all are. A certain weight for one person could mean something com- pletely different for someone else.
It is always a good idea to seek out professional help if you feel that you need more than what self-help can provide you. Please know that there is absolutely no shame in asking for help!