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

5 Body Empowering Tips to Help You Strut Your Stuff with Pride and Style

5 Body Empowering Tips to Help You Strut Your Stuff with Pride and Style

There is beauty to be found in EVERY shape and size!

The importance of recognising your individual beauty is invaluable, and you DESERVE to feel beautiful!

So now is the time to self-appreciate and confidently embrace your uniqueness.

Very few people have the body of a model!

REAL bodies come in a diverse range of shapes and sizes.

You owe it to yourself to positively acknowledge your beauty, praise yourself, and celebrate what makes you unique.

Embrace Your Body.

Feel Beautiful from Inside Out.

Compliment Yourself Regularly Every Day.

It Is Time to Discover The Magic Of Feeling Confident, Inside And Out!

 

5 Body Empowering Tips to help you strut your stuff with pride and style:

Tip #1 – Stop Comparing 

If you read my blogs, you know that the toxicity of comparison comes up a lot.

Comparing yourself to someone else is the opposite of being body positive and loving yourself.

No two people will ever have exactly the same body, size and shape – and that’s okay!

Similarities, differences; ultimately, you and your body are uniquely beautiful – flaws and all.

Resist the urge to compare shapes and sizes, and instead acknowledge your own individuality.

 

Tip #2 – Appreciate Your Body 

Your body is an amazing thing, even when we feel we are at our most critical.

Instead of criticising your body and picking it apart, identify what your body does for you every day without even thinking – breathing, talking, laughing!

Celebrate all the good things your body achieves as it carries you through your daily life.

Even when you are struggling with your mindset towards your personal appearance, realigning your inner critic can help your body to heal and nurture you the best way it can.

This alone is something worth celebrating your body for!

 

Tip #3 – Self-compassion is Healthy Practice!  

You have choices!

You have the choice to like or dislike yourself – body, size, and shape.

This may be stopping you from dressing with style, feeling good about yourself and even engaging in life.

Alternatively, you can turn your choices around to empower yourself, to accept and embrace what you have right now, and make the most of it.

This in turn will allow you to feel good and confident in your own skin – deservedly so!

The better you feel in your own style, the better you feel about yourself NOW, and consequentially, the easier it is to live the life you want and deserve.

 

Tip #4 – Change the Conversation

It starts and ends with you!

Change your negative language and how you talk about yourself.

As a rule, if you wouldn’t say something to your best friend, why are you saying it to yourself?

Self-compassion is a powerful tool.

Every time you talk to yourself and look at yourself in the mirror, you have the choice to put yourself down or lift yourself up.

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

 

Tip #5 – Find Your Positive Community

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” ~ Karl Marx

Positivity breeds positivity!

It is worth your time to consciously surround yourself with people who can create happiness for themselves, and uplift those around them.

Surround yourself with people that:

  • Inspire, support and motivate you to be the best version of yourself;
  • Empower you to make the changes you need to succeed, and
  • Celebrates your success with you.

Sometimes it can be hard to find the support we need and deserve.

Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic supports you to turn things around and embrace yourself as you are.

By seeking professional help, you show your true strength and commitment to yourself.

Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic offer a unique integrative approach which supports you to develop a healthy mindset towards your body and yourself.

This will support you towards true change for your psychological, emotional and physical health.