Body image is very important to many people in the U.S. It’s as if our society is telling us that we must look a certain way to be accepted. But why? As long as we’re healthy, why do we have to look ultra thin or lengthy? I’ve often wondered why clothing designers advertise clothes that will “make you look taller, leaner or more evenly proportioned.” Why can’t we just look the way we look and let that be enough?
Women seem to be more susceptible to body image problems and this may be because appearance is ingrained in them from a very young age. “It’s not uncommon for people to compliment a baby boy by saying ‘He’s so strong, so smart,’ while they compliment a baby girl by saying ‘She’s so cute, so adorable.’ That kind of thinking becomes ingrained in our heads,” says Michelle May, MD, an Arizona family practice physician.
It’s hard for many women to shake off this set of beliefs, even if they know it’s wrong. And unfortunately their self-worth is often influenced by the way they look.
Here Are Some Tips To Feel Better About Our Bodies:
1. Ask Yourself, “What Do I Think Is Beautiful About Me?”
Close your eyes and try to shut out the voices of the media, your parents or super critical people around you and ask yourself, “What do I find beautiful about myself?” Maybe you love your smile, hands or eyes. Now every time you look in the mirror repeat these things to yourself.
2. Steer Clear Of Certain Diets
Steer clear of diets that seem too good to be true. Certain diets claim that they will give you the perfect body by simply taking a pill or by depriving yourself of nutrients. When they don’t work, we often end up feeling like we’ve failed, making us feel even worse about ourselves.
3. Stop Negative Self-Talk Right Away
Negative self-talk is thought to be more damaging than the media or our history that degrades body image. Even if you don’t like the shape of your body, use objective words to describe it. Instead of saying, “I have really ugly arms,” say “my arms could use some work.”
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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