Change How You Think and Feel About Your Body

Change How You Think and Feel About Your Body

Body shame and hatred is one of the most common issues faced by mainly females, but also males, in today’s world.

The connection between body and self has been significantly blurred.

Many males and females identify their own self-worth and self-image solely on their looks and body.

Society is teaching beliefs that:

  • The female body needs to be slim, tall, tanned and ‘beautiful’, and
  • The male body needs to be muscular, tall and tanned.

Without these attributes, society tells you that you do not deserve and cannot be:

  • Happy;
  • Healthy, or
  • Successful

This has a very dangerous impact on not only the psyche, but also on health, leading to long-term effects and potentially death, from such things as:

  • Anorexia;
  • Bulimia;
  • Anxiety;
  • Depression;
  • Addiction;
  • Cosmetic Surgery;
  • Plastic Surgery, and
  • Even Suicide.

The culture of self-image and body-image is only getting more ingrained.

We are seeing more and more boys with Eating Disorders and Body Dissatisfaction more than ever.

We are seeing children as young as 5 years of age with Eating Disorders and Body Dissatisfaction.

The good news . . . 

Body-image, body shame and body hatred are not fixed entities and can be changed.

Throughout life stages, the body changes, and you need to change and become flexible with it.

Just as you are not perfect, neither is your body, or will it ever be (even with surgery)!

To develop a positive body-image focus on the following things:

Three (3) Tips to Improving Letting Go of Body Shame and Improving Your Body Image

Tip #1 – Change How You Think About Your Body and Yourself

ACCEPT THE BODY YOU WERE BORN WITH!

You have the power to mould or shape it, so it feels healthy, strong, and flexible.

Trying to make your body look like someone else’s or conform to society’s concept is unachievable.

What is achievable is knowing that, you have the control and power over your own body as well as the power to accept and love yourself unconditionally. 

 

Tip #2 – Change How You Feel About Your Body and Yourself

Everyone is unique!

There is not another human being on the planet like you.

If you are unique then why are you conforming to the negative messages provided by everyone else?

It is time for you to decide about your own body-image.

Ask yourself:

If I did not know about any expectations from society about body size, shape, weight etc., what would I really think about my body?

Are my thoughts ONLY the product of societal expectations?

Be your own best friend . . .

Every time you say something critical or judgmental, ask yourself if you would say this to your friends.

If the answer is no, then you are being too harsh, and it helps you to change your response to yourself.

 

Tip #3 – Let Go of Body Shame and Hate Talk and Praise Your Body and Yourself 

I am so fat, ugly and disgusting

I am so embarrassed and ashamed by you

I can’t stand looking at myself

How did I even get here?

Do you say some of these things to yourself and your body when you look in the mirror?

If so, you need to change what you say to your body and yourself.

Here are a few things you can say to yourself when you find negative self-talk creeping in about your body and yourself:

  • My body is my home and I will not tear it down.
  • Hating my body does not change my body.
  • Health is not just about what I’m eating or what I look like. It is also about what I am thinking and saying to myself.
  • I will stop rejecting my body and embrace my body.
  • I accept and love myself for who I am now in this moment.

A body size, shape or weight will never make you happy or successful, if you are not happy within yourself and value who you are. 

People who have a healthy body-image have healthy self-esteem and self-acceptance.

When you are free from negative body-image you have more freedom to spend time on things you enjoy.

By being the best version of yourself you will find how to be happy and your true purpose and meaning in life.

If you struggle with poor body-image, self-esteem or self-acceptance, contact Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic today.

At Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic we can help you break free from negative thinking that maintains your poor body image and comparisons.

We will help you become the best version of yourself and build a life filled with satisfaction, balance, health and happiness.

Negative Body Image Causes Obesity

Negative Body Image Causes Obesity

Contrary to earlier claims that Depression causes Obesity among youth, a study from The University of Texas (UTHealth), found that negative body image increases the risk for Obesity among adolescents.

The study found that adolescents who perceived themselves to be overweight, despite not being overweight, were more likely to be Obese one (1) year later.

The study found that negative body image is the mediating risk factor lying between Depression and Obesity, among adolescents.

Females in the study group were found to be three (3) times more likely to be Obese at the one-year mark.

This shows that negative body image has a greater and faster impact on weight gain and Obesity than Depression.

A previous study by UTHealth, only looking at Depression and Obesity, found that participants who were depressed were twice as likely to become obese only six (6) years later, implying a cause-and-effect relationship.

Negative body image has been associated with Depression and other psychological issues including Eating Disorders, disordered eating behaviours, unhealthy eating and inactivity.

Those with negative body image tend to:

  • Overeat;
  • Eat unhealthy foods;
  • Eat less fruits and vegetables;
  • Cutting out food groups;
  • Restricting food intake;
  • Over-exercise, and/or
  • Rarely engage in exercise or other physical activity.

Negative body image and Obesity go hand in hand – when you have a negative and poor body image, it is difficult to create true change for weight loss, health and happiness.

Some things you can do to improve your body image are:

  • Stop or reduce engaging in social media and media;
  • Stop comparing your body to others;
  • Accept the body you were born with;
  • Let go of body shame and hate talk;
  • Praise your body and yourself;
  • Reduce processed foods and drinks;
  • Feed your body unprocessed and healthy foods;
  • Drink more water;
  • Move more for enjoyment;
  • Build self-compassion, and
  • Celebrate yourself for who you are today.

Overcoming a negative and poor body image can be difficult, especially if it is something that has been created over time.

If your body image has resulted in low Self-Esteem, Disordered Eating Behaviours and/or Eating Disorders, then Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you with personal support.

Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic understand your struggles, and provides you with information and support, to help you overcome the behaviours and beliefs maintaining Disordered Eating and/or Eating Disorders

Five Ways To Improve Body Dissatisfaction

Five Ways To Improve Body Dissatisfaction

Body Dissatisfaction is increasingly affecting not just females but also males of all ages. Body Dissatisfaction is the perception a person has of their physical self, and develops through the negative thoughts and feelings one has about themselves.

Body Dissatisfaction is pretty common, and usually starts with social comparisons – those around you, models, movie stars, you name it!

The ideals for thinness for women and defined muscles for men have created an environment where we are far more critical of people’s bodies and more likely to be dissatisfied with our own body.

Some people argue that feeling bad about your body motivates you to change it – but that really depends on what motivates you, and it’s also difficult to then be happy with your achievements along the way.

Extreme body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for developing eating disorders, and is associated with disordered eating patterns.

The risk for long-lasting negative side effects include:

  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • Stress;
  • Low Self-Esteem, and
  • Low Self-Worth.

Body Image and Social Media

Any social media viral campaigns or crazes designed to measure sexiness, attractiveness and thinness, create a frenzy to fit into the ideal.

Fads and crazes such as the thigh gap or collar bone challenge ARE NOT HEALTHY.

They are really BODY SHAMING, not health challenges.

These crazes cause people, particularly girls and women, to see themselves as body sections only, rather than a whole person of value.

Each body section is seen as a barometer for:

  • Social acceptance;
  • Body acceptance
  • Body perfection;
  • Success;
  • Self-confidence, and
  • Much more.

The harm that this causes can become psychologically ingrained and have long-lasting effects, not just on the person but all of their relationships and every aspect of their life.

 

What Can You Do About Feeling Dissatisfied with Your Body?

Tip #1 – Don’t Believe Everything on Social Media

Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family.

You can keep up and celebrate when people are getting married, having babies or even sharing a picture of their fur baby.

Social media is not going anywhere soon, so we should learn to use it wisely and remember not everything on social media is true, or right.

Keep this in mind when you are scrolling through your newsfeed, and maintain a focus on your life than other people’s.

Tip #2 – Stop Comparing Yourself

First look at how you think about your body, and the social comparisons you make.

Are you dissatisfied because you constantly compare yourself to unrealistic standards?

Do you feel worse about your body when you’ve just read a magazine or seen a movie, with their portrayals of the female and male body?

Once you realise you are doing these comparisons, you can stop yourself and change your focus towards something else.

The most vital part of a positive, healthy and realistic self-image is what you believe to be true about yourself.

Value yourself for who you are, and don’t allow outside influences to dictate your value.

Tip #3 – Focus on the Journey

To be truly happier, healthier, feel more fulfilled and satisfied in life, you need to focus on experiencing your life in a different way – focus on the journey and all it offers you.

The success of your journey towards your goals depends on:

  • What you see;
  • What you experience, and
  • The connections you make.

Sometimes it is easy to forget about how far you have come and the changes you have already made.

Tip #4 – Take Care of Yourself

As you go about your daily life there is so much to do, and many times you might be putting these things in front of your own health and wellbeing.

If you are not taking care of yourself emotionally and physically, this may lead to a decline in your overall health.

Take time to think about YOU!

  • Maintain a balanced, sustainable eating plan;
  • Find activities you ENJOY, and
  • Take note of how you are feeling – Physically and emotionally.

Tip #5 – Accept Yourself

Self-acceptance is accepting yourself for who you are including your flaws and weaknesses, and acknowledging what makes you uniquely you.

Allowing yourself to accept yourself empowers you to:

  • Acknowledge who you are;
  • Change for yourself, without comparison or judgement, and
  • Be the person you want to be.

If you are tired of constantly judging yourself, book an appointment with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic.

Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic provides you with realistic and practical information, support and strategies for change.

This will enable you to feel and see hope, so you can have the confidence in creating and directing a life filled with:

  • Balance;
  • Acceptance;
  • Purpose;
  • Satisfaction;
  • Health, and
  • Happiness.

We provide the bridge between where you are now and where you want to go.

At Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic we can help you BREAK negative cycles and OVERCOME underlying issues for long-term success.

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