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Steps to a Positive Body Image that will change the way you look at yourself and appreciate who you really are, irrespective of what others think or say about you.
When it comes to weight loss, we are all affected by it. The way we perceive our body is an integral part of our daily life. We all want to look the very best and fit at all times. A body image is how we see or perceive ourselves, how we feel about our body, and how we feel others perceive us.
Having a negative body image can influence people on a much deeper level than just hiding their stomachs or covering themselves on the beach. It can significantly reduce their self-esteem, and if allowed to persist, affect all areas of their lives negatively.
So how do we keep a healthy body image? How do we stay well, sane in the world of glossy fashion magazines and social media? And how do we keep our children from becoming depressed for not having the perfect body, perfect nose, perfect skin?
Steps to attaining a Positive Body Image
If you’re struggling with your body image, there’s no one else but you who can change that. You have to change the way you think about your body and work on it. To help you change your perception about your body image, practice these new thought patterns, and allow yourself to feel better about who you are and the body you naturally have. Focus more on yourself and not what others think about your body.
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1. Make a list of things you like about yourself
While writing down what you like about yourself, focus more on the physical attributes that you like. Include things that aren’t related to how much you weigh but what you look like as you can. Carry this list with you all the time and read it often.
2. Let go of negative voices in your head
Letting go of negative thoughts in your mind is significant to attaining a positive perception of your body image. You know them – the voices that tell you your body is not perfect. Ensure that the next time these negative thoughts appear in your mind, that you will combat them with positive ones.
3. Let your body feel loved
Let your body know that you appreciate it by doing things like taking a bubble bath, finding a place to relax, make time for a relaxing nap. Your body needs to feel loved.
4. Surround yourself with positive minded people
I cannot over-emphasize how important this is. Spend as much time as you can, surrounded by positive and supportive people who aren’t afraid to say kind words to you and do the same for them. It’s a lot easier to feel good about yourself when you’re around people who love and support you just the way you are.
5. Keep close watch on social media messages
Try and pay attention to images or slogans on social media that makes you feel bad about your body. Analyze the result and disconnect yourself from such content that leads to self-criticism. Feel free to unfollow anyone that makes you feel good. Don’t get drawn into diets or pills that promise unrealistic bodies. Anything can be photoshopped these days.
6. Help Your Teens Accept Their Bodies
Teenage bodies are continually growing and changing daily. We leave in the age where technology has taken over our daily life. Teenagers are often exposed to computer-enhanced body images that are impossible to measure up to in a short space of time. They are also to an extent with the help of social media, exposed to celebrities who are wealthy enough to model their bodies to perfection. Parents need to do more to help their teenagers navigate this difficult time of their life and develop a positive self-image. Parents need to build a deeper relationship with their teenagers and gain their trust, so they are free to share their mind.
7. Be a good role model
Parents need to be aware their teen is closely observing and modelling your attitudes about your body, so be a good model. Don’t stress out too much about an extra pound or two; stop decrying your hip size. If you haven’t already, begin an exercise program, adopt a healthier diet plan. It’s no use to tell them that they should accept the way they look – you have to show them how they can appreciate their looks.
8. Avoid negative remarks about their bodies
If your teen has a weight problem, you can be sure that they already know about it. There’s no need to criticize what and how much they eat, how they look like in those jeans. It will only make your teen feel more discouraged or depressed. Compliment them instead, show them that you appreciate their physical capabilities. Encourage good personal hygiene and posture and healthy sleeping habits. Doing this will help them to adopt a healthy body image and to gain confidence.
9. Focus on talents and skills over appearance
You should develop talents and skills that have nothing to do with your appearance, such as sports, music, arts, other related activities. For your teenagers, always try to support their passions and pursuits. Show them that there are so many other things to appreciate in their person other than their physical appearance.
Everyone is made perfect by God, so let your kids know that as well. Its mine and your responsibility to take good care of our natural body. Never forget always to appreciate not just your personality but others as well.
Positive Body Image Quotes
My body is a vessel for my soul to do God’s calling. I honor God with my body.
You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
If you want to be beautiful, you need to accept yourself first before others can accept you.
You are wonderfully and uniquely made by God.
Why not do something good for your body image today, and let us know what you appreciate about yourself in the comments below!