How do you really feel about your body?
There are so many statistics about women and body image. The numbers generally show that about 80% of women who are unhappy with their appearance in some way. What!? That’s staggering! What has happened to us as a society?
Why do so many of us have such body image problems and what can we do about it? We need to change. We need to learn to accept and ourselves at any size. We need to strive towards fitness from the perspective of health, not because we’re berating ourselves about our appearances.
Being comfortable in our own skin is up to each of us as individuals. We decide how we feel. We decide what outside influences we let in, and what we turn away from and ignore. We need to stop letting the media get under our skin. When we look in the mirror, we have to stop with the put-downs. We can retrain our brains to think positively.
You might not actually believe it straight away, but when you look at yourself you need to start to tell yourself positive things. You’re beautiful. You’re awesome. You’re fierce. It really does work. The more that you force yourself to say the positive things, and nip out the old negative self-talk, you can start to build your self-esteem. Fake it ‘til you make it. Psychological studies have proven that it really does work!
Let’s become body image advocates. Not only do we have to stop saying negative things to ourselves about ourselves, but we also need to stop saying (and even thinking) negative thoughts about other women. That includes celebrities. Thinking and saying mean things about women “letting themselves go”, not aging well, turning to Botox, or whatever it is; it all needs to stop. When we say and think these negative thoughts about women, we’re perpetuating the problem.
Learn to treat yourself better and treat other people the way that you want to be treated. Shut the door on things in your life that are contributing to making you feel bad about yourself. Unhelpful magazines and TV shows? Ditch them. Gossipy friends? Talk to them about quitting the negative talk, or stop hanging out with them. Take steps and make changes to make your surroundings more positive.
Feeling happy with your body might not happen over night, but it’s less about changing your body and it’s more about changing your thinking. Let’s rally around positive body image. We can affect positive change!
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions thus decreasing stress. Find out more at StephanieKatherine.com
Stephanie is a Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping busy women honor themselves, their family, and their future by showing them how to streamline their life, eat better, create more energy, and make better decisions in order to decrease stress.