A Guide to Accepting Your Body in 2020
Body image has been a prevalent issue in society. Many don’t feel good about the bodies they have and tend to indulge in unhealthy habits that they think will make them feel better. While they may get a fix, it’s only temporary. Of course, body image issues can’t be fixed with simple words - it is easier said than done.
Limit your time on social media
Social media is notorious for advertising false body images. While social media can be a fun way to pass the time, for many with low self-esteem, it only makes them feel worse about themselves. Indulging in unrealistic images about the way the internet thinks a healthy body can look can lead to serious and harmful outcomes. Social media users find themselves trying to achieve a certain look rapidly and can end up hurting their bodies.
Neurologist Dubai have seen many cases of body dysmorphia, bulimia and anorexia as the aftermath of people, teenagers especially, comparing themselves to celebrities and famous personalities. Keeping that in mind, restrict or limit your time on social media and make sure you aren’t always looking at content that makes you feel bad about the way you look.
Be your biggest fan
‘Treat yourself as you would treat others’ is a popular quote that we should all live by. If you wouldn’t tell your friend that you think they look a certain way, why should you say it to yourself? The more you start being nicer to yourself, you’ll find it easier to think positively about yourself and it will be easy to wave away any negative images about your own body.
If you have articles of clothing or accessories that don’t make you feel good, get rid of them! If you constantly find yourself indulging in TV shows that make you feel inadequate, it’s time to find a new series to watch. It’s important that you put yourself first.
Practice body gratitude
Now, you might be reading this article because body gratitude is something you struggle with. Try to look at it from a new perspective. Think of everything your body is able to accomplish on a regular basis, even if it’s being able to walk for 20 minutes, or even 5 - this is something that you can be grateful for. Focus on the fact that you have a healthy body that allows you to live life to the fullest. Every time you do anything even remotely active, reflect and have gratitude for being able-bodied.
Don’t focus on flaws and imperfections
These are what make us human and make us different. No one is perfect and it’s important that you remember that. You do not have to hold yourself up to standards of photoshopped billboards! Whatever flaws or imperfections that you think you may have, it’s what makes you unique.
Practice self-care daily
Try to make it a habit to do something that makes you and your body feel good on a daily basis. This could be anything from face masks or getting a massage, or even wearing silky soft pajamas. By making your mind and body feel good with these little things, you’re allowing your mind to associate your body with more positive feelings and emotions. Once you get into the habit of self-care, it will become a daily routine and you’ll be on your way to better body positivity.
Exercise for the right reasons
Don’t exercise because someone has made you feel bad about not doing so. Exercising is a big part of staying healthy in general, but many people are typically shamed into doing so. Exercise because you want to. Exercise in ways that will help you feel good about your body, rather than only focusing on losing weight or shaping your body a certain way.