My Top 10 Tips for Better Body Image
It is time to embrace who you are, and time to start accepting your body!
Easy right? If it were easy, we would have no need for photoshopped magazine covers or eating disorders (hmmmm just dreaming of that world for a sec).
Lets get started loving our bodies!
It’s not easy, but I have a few things you can try. These are the tips I use when I am struggling with negative body image.
Here are my top 10 tips for better body image:
Admire people for what they do, not what they look like-
Who are your role models and why do you like them? Do you like them because of the way they look or because you appreciate who they are? Look for good role models that are concerned about the world, people, or their talent, instead of being fixated on their bodies and looks.
Make a list-
Take some time to make a list of the things you like about yourself. Don’t focus on how your body looks, focus on the amazing things your body does for you – breathing, running, dancing, etc. Also, write down the things that reflect who you are. Put down as many things as you can. This might be hard at first, especially if you do not feel good about yourself, but keep trying until you have something written down. You can always add to the list. There are many wonderful things about you. Some ideas- maybe you are a good writer or a great friend, maybe you’re funny, good at football or great at doing yoga.
Eat your fruits and vegetables. When you feed your body good foods, your body responds in a positive way. For normal growth and development, you need to feed your body nutritious foods. Be a teen, eat your pizza and fast food sometimes, but throw in some veggies.
Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can lower your stress, improve your sleep and improve your overall attitude towards yourself. We are not talking about hard core working out, just get your bodies moving. Get up and dance, go for a run, or play basketball with some friends. Find something that you like and start moving.
Don’t use negative self-talk-
Pay attention to how you talk to yourself. Don’t fill your own head will negative thoughts. When you look in the mirror, give yourself compliments. Read your list out loud while looking in the mirror. Tell yourself that you are worth it and that you love yourself. Yes, as awkward as it is, do it, say “I love you” to yourself. Put notes on your mirror to remind yourself that you love you and you are beautiful.
Don’t believe everything you read or see in the media-
There is always a television show or magazine telling you how you should look. These shows and ads have a purpose: get you to buy their products. Their goal is to make you believe you need what they are selling, so they try to convince you that you have something wrong. No one is perfect, not even the people in ads or magazine pictures. They have good lighting, great editing, and Photoshop is their best friend. Stop believing them. Look for articles that highlight all body types, ones that celebrate everyone.
Walk away from the mirror or put down that magazine–
I know I said in tip 6 to look in the mirror and tell yourself you love yourself, and you should. I know I also said in tip 5 to simply just ignore the magazine ads that are negative, and again, you should. However, sometimes it is just not that easy. Sometimes you are going to have bad day where it’s hard to look in a mirror, it’s hard to stay positive. Don’t worry! Don’t feel bad, we all have those days. On these days put down the magazine that is bothering you. Step away from the mirror. But as you do that, remember it’s just a bad day. You can still say you love you and still know that you and your body are worth loving.
Put filters on your ears and mouth-
Put filters on your ears in case your peers say anything negative. Do not let negative words get in your head, don’t soak it in. People talk, people will always talk, usually because they have their own insecurities. This brings me to putting a filter on your mouth. Watch how you talk about other people. Remember you don’t want to be judged and neither do they.
Confidence is such an important part of maintaining a healthy body image. Work every day at learning to respect yourself and your body. You are less likely to be-harmful to yourself when you respect your body. When you leave your house in the morning or walk into a room hold your head up and believe in yourself. You are beautiful.
THE NUMBER 1 TIP IS!
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!
This is the biggest tip of all. BE YOU! You are the only you. You will be with you forever so respect yourself and treat yourself well. Embrace who you are, embrace your body.
Appreciate and respect all that your body can do.
Celebrate instead of hate!
Start accepting your body!
“You protect your being when you love yourself better. That’s the secret.”
– NBL V –