Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt like the person looking back at you isn’t who you want to be? Maybe the clothes you’re wearing aren’t hanging quite right, so you try other outfits. Maybe the dress size is bigger than you feel comfortable with, so you try weight loss routines that don’t seem to last very long. You’re unhappy, but you can’t figure out the change that you want to make because none of them seem like they’re going to work. It’s depressing to feel stuck in a rut about your health, and the only way you can get out of that rut is to feel motivated enough to do it. Therein lies the problem!
Being confident about the body you are in takes far more than diet and exercise. You can try all the tricks in the book and get to the dress size you’ve always dreamed about, but still not feel good enough or slim enough. You can try the latest diet shakes and celebrity weight loss plans, and while they may work and get you feeling motivated, they aren’t always a long-term solution. Body confidence is so much more than healthy eating and exercise. Those things will release natural hormones to make you feel bolstered and energetic, which leads to you feeling happier and more alive. But they cannot make you feel confident about the body you have. Body image refers to how people see themselves in the mirror and through the eyes of other people. A negative body image is manifested when your self-esteem plummets and you don’t feel quite good enough in the skin you’re in. While it’s more common for women to feel this way, men also suffer from negative body image.
If you’ve heard the phrase about sticks and stones, you know how inaccurate it is. Words can and do hurt, and even just one person picking on a physical aspect of your body and exploiting that can impact your body image for the rest of your life. You could be at the peak of physical perfection, but if you obsess over your figure or envy that of someone else, then there’s a bigger issue at hand. Conditions like body dysmorphia are very real, and you can read about that in this article here. A normal, healthy weight range for one person can be perceived as overweight by someone with a severely negative body image, and this lies with mental health rather than physical health being the issue. This works both ways, too, as someone who has a BMI in the obese category often doesn’t realise how big they are until they see themselves in a mirror and get a shock.
Concerns about body image and eating disorders often walk together hand in hand, which is why body image issues and body confidence need to be considered as serious. Teenagers who are changing from children into adults are one of the biggest groups of people to have issues with their body image, as the changes can be difficult for them to comprehend. This list of eating disorders is most often common among teenagers and while some are not permanent and are just a result of the shock of puberty, some can continue for a devastatingly long time. It’s for this reason that teaching young people about body image, exercise and healthy living is so important.
A negative body image can, thankfully, be overcome with a lot of work. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques like these can help you to recognize your thinking, approach them rationally and overcome them with structured self-talk. There is also the option of movement therapy, which you can read about in this article. Positive affirmations about worthiness can also help your brain to overcome issues, as you literally have to reprogram your brain to think in a positive way. Affirmations can help your mind to overcome the negativity and live a life that is positive and appreciative for the body you have instead of daydreaming over the body that you want.
Ultimately, your health and the way you live is going to have a lot of impact on your body confidence. The most stunning celebrities out there that you may wish to emulate aren’t always confident in their bodies due to the scrutiny they receive. It’s important to remember that you are worthy of love and attention, not scrutiny and insults. Once you’ve got those thoughts nailed in your head, it’s a long road to keeping those current and not slipping up. We believe you can do it. Do you?