Body acceptance | Body image issues | Peer support
January 11, 2015
January 9, 2015
I would love to.
First of all, I want to be realistic and acknowledge that body acceptance, and ultimately, self-love takes time and it does require practice. Practice in the sense of being mindful of when you are having unhealthy and unhelpful thoughts about the way you look, and also making sure that you do begin to continually praise your body and self for the way it is and all the things it helps you do: walk, jump, eat, etc. Taking it back to these basic necessities of life can truly put things into perspective.
One important idea to consider is your body's uniqueness. You are the only person in this entire universe with this exact body. Embrace it for all it is. Remember that beauty and attraction is entirely subjective, and that it's a matter of perception and mindset which determines your own view of how you look. Changing how you feel can really assist in shaping the way you perceive yourself. With happy, healthy and positive feelings streaming through your mind, you are more likely to accept your body for the way that it is. Therefore, there is often a deeper underlying dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression or a combination of all of these which is fuelling body dysmorphia. For example, if you feel that you are quite lonely and that not many people seem to like you, this internal feeling can often be spread to your feelings about your body, as you begin to justify this loneliness and lack of social equity through your appearance: 'people would like me more if I looked different/better/slimmer/more ripped', the list goes on.
There are so many different strategies which work for different people, so I think if you begin to work towards understanding WHAT TRULY is shaping this lack of body acceptance, then the acceptance will naturally flow from working on those other areas of you life which can be remodelled and WILL benefit for doing so, rather than trying to 'fix' something which isn't broken and has been built exactly the way that was meant to.
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