What is Body Image
Your body image is how you feel about your physical appearance. The relationship that you have with your body image influences your self-esteem and confidence. If you hate your physical appearance, you will create a negative image.
How do you feel about your body?. The relationship that you have with your physical appearance is like any other relationship. It involves caring and concern.
You have to create a positive body image. It doesn’t mean that you will have to build a perfect body image. It means that you live happily in your imperfect body.Then , your self-esteem will increase.
Three steps to create a positive Body Image
- Appreciation for your body image. Being grateful enhance esteem and appreciating my physical appearance helped me a lot. Sometimes we have to go through the dark to be able to see the light. Have you ever been sick and at that moment you become aware of how well you felt when you were healthy?. Learn to be grateful and practice appreciation by loving your body. We take our bodies for granted as well as our health and well-being.
- Acceptance. By acceptance, you can change what you can change and live happy with what you cannot change. By accepting your physical appearance, you stop wishing for what you don’t have. There are some parts that you don’t agree with about your body, but you have accept them. Practice acceptance. Change your body image by creating a positive perception.
When I was 12 years old; some of my classmates were tall and thin. I was at that time 5′ 3 inches tall like now. I always admired tall people, but I felt bad. This is an example of low self-esteem. I had to learn to live with my height through acceptance. Perfection isn’t the foundation of self esteem.
- Attention to your body. I have learned that paying attention to my body helps me a lot to nurture it. By attention I mean to listen to your body. Pay attention to your body needs like hunger, fatigue, etc.
I remember once that I had a toothache and because the pain wasn’t bad I didn’t take any action. After several days it becomes stronger, but, I got use to it.Finally, one morning the pain was so unbearable that I had to go to an emergency clinic and went through my tooth extraction. Again I wasn’t respecting myself, and I had to suffer the consequences. By ignoring my pain I am ignoring my body, I denied my needs because I was not paying attention. Pay attention.
Practice any of this tips during a week and see changes happening not only on your body image but also your esteem. Live the happiness you deserve, relax and be yourself. Need more help?. Look for books and find the answers you are looking for.
We see our inner selves regarding our outer physical appearance. We’ve been taught to emphasize the package, but not the content. Change your perception.