There is no instant cure for body image issues. It is a process through which everyone goes at their own pace. The issues themselves can range from a little to a severe body-hatred, and they can lead to even more severe problems like self-esteem issues, depression, and eating disorders.
It is important to keep in mind that body image issues can manifest in such a varied range of problems that dealing with them needs to be in accordance with the patient’s individual needs. This article will cover some general ways of taking on body image issues. But only when adjusted to the person facing them can these methods be effective.
Take a long hard look at your body
Asking someone to look at their body might seem cruel when that individual is suffering from body image issues. But it is actually a significant first step on the road to healing. However, there is a catch, the key is focusing on the good things, not the bad ones, even when it seems impossible, and all you see is disfigurement.
Don’t ask your body to be like the ones in magazines and on tv, after all, it can not be retouched in the real world. Just be grateful for what it has been doing for you all these years. Helping you get around, enabling you to stay active and healthy. It is thanks to your body that you learned to walk, swim and dance. Your body has been your best alley on the way to fulfilling your dreams.
That is how you should look at it, and all the imperfections, however small or big, are a part of you. Learning to love your body as is, is the first step to healing.
Take steps to improve it
Once you’ve taken the time to really look at your body and worked on falling in love with it again, you are ready for the next step. Making a change to your body before loving it can lead to a whole other spectrum of problems and addictions. But once you have conquered that first obstacle you are ready to make some rational changes to the way you look.
Depending on the changes you want to make, there are several options. If it is as common as needing to lose weight, getting on a quality nutrition regimen and introducing exercise to your daily life should be more than enough to reach the desired goal.
On the other hand, if your issues are cosmetic, you should consider consulting cosmetic and weight loss surgery specialists and getting sound advice on how to proceed. A simple cosmetic procedure can mean a lot on your way to a better body image. But remember, this decision should come from a place of love for your body and not hate.
Surround yourself with positivity
It is time to exclude all the stressors from your life. Anything or anyone that has a tendency to make you feel insecure and question your looks should not be in your life right now. Later, when you get stronger and your love for your body grows, you can face the negativity, but not right now.
Make sure you surround yourself with positive people, frequent events that make you happy, and don’t forget to focus on your own well-being. That way, your healing process can feed off of the positivity around you and you will get better. Having people who love you just as you are will help you feel the same about yourself.
It is not always easy to get rid of the negativity, but it is essential if you want to lead a happy and healthy life, loving yourself and others.
Don’t let socially acceptable body images get you down
This is the final phase to consider. Even when we get to the point where we love our body and appreciate it, the media bombardment can quickly reverse it. The important thing is to learn to be critical when it comes to social and media messages.
You are now more than aware of the power of Instagram or Snapchat and how people are doing everything they can to present themselves in the best possible light. Well, they do the same with their bodies. So the perfect bodies you see on posts and billboards are in most cases retouched so much that they look nothing like the real person.
There are many more ways you can deal with body image issues, just make sure you find the one most suited for you. Making the transition is very difficult, and repeating the affirmation “I am beautiful just the way I am” will make a world of difference. The journey to self-love is not an easy one but it is well worth your while.
And like all journeys, it starts with the first step…