16 NOV 2019

H: Ways to instill a positive body image

Most people at some point in their lives struggle with self-confidence when it comes to physical appearance and a lot of people experience hard times with their weight, regardless of over weight or healthy weight or under weight. Sometimes we focus on the parts of our bodies that we wish we could change and we fail to recognize how amazing we are.

These are few suggestions to help you change the unhealthy thoughts about your body and boost your self-esteem.

1. Stop sacrifices  

Don’t spoil your future health for your current figure. Especially if you are young, how you treat your body now will greatly affect how you develop for the rest of your life. Did you know you can actually ruin your body prematurely with excessive dieting, strenuous weightlifting or taking steroids and supplements to build muscle? The physique you have now is definitely not permanent. Allow your body to take the shape it was meant to.

2. Get into action

Exercise! Because it will feel good if you start working out. You don’t have to do a lot, just to get your body moving a little bit. Just so that you can feel, that you did something for your body. And not, so that your body will look a certain way, but so that your body will be healthy. You have to nurture your body. Give it what it needs.

3. Talk it out

Talk it out with someone who specializes in health. If you have real concerns about your size go ahead and speak to your doctor, fitness instructor or physical education teacher. They will help you set up small goals for yourself. They can instruct you on the safest way to bulk up or slim down based on your body type.

4. Step away from the mirror

Step away from the mirror and ask somebody else to evaluate your appearance. Spending time for hours looking at the mirror each day can turn you into a self-obsessed person. You are perfect as you are rather than sculpting a built body. Learn to shift your focus on to what’s fabulous about your shape and size.

5. Be your own inspiration

Don’t chase airbrushed back-breaking ideals and instead ask yourself what makes you strong. Don’t punish yourself for your flaws and recognize the attributes that make you a strong individual. Strength can be found in differences too. Wouldn’t it be boring if we all looked exactly the same? So aim to be the best you that you can be. Hating your body is what is stopping you from loving your body, not how it looks.

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