10 ways to build a positive body image

Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images

Here are some things to help you appreciate all that is YOU:

•       Reframe your thinking. Focus on health and fitness, rather than aesthetics.

•       Be kind to yourself. Choose self-care. Set time aside every day for yourself. Listen to music or simply enjoy the sunset.

•       See the whole person. Choose not to focus on specific body parts.

•       Stop talking about your negative points. Knock it off. You’re hurting the one you love, you.

•       Keep a gratitude journal. Try it. Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself – things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like.

•       Make a list of people you admire. People that make a difference. Are they all supermodels? Likely your list will be Likely your list will be chock-full of smart, creative, funny and confident people. And hey, aren’t you a couple of those things yourself?

•       Ooze confidence, even if you don’t feel it. Studies show that smiling and projecting a positive vibe (even if you fake it) can affect your brain chemistry over time, and may even boost your mood in the moment.

•       Cut out triggering media. Instagram accounts of impossibly pretty girls you’re constantly comparing yourself to? Unfollow. Same goes for Tumblr blogs or anything that creates body negativity.

•       Dress for success. A fit, healthy body is the best fashion statement. Forget about the latest trends. Stick to your personal style to boost your confidence.

·       Surround yourself with positive people. It’s easier to feel good about yourself when you’re surrounded by supportive people.

Info courtesy of FedHealth

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