This list is a start to help you turn negative body image thought into positive ones. Learn how to feel good in your skin.
- Appreciate your body and everything that you can do. Be happy you can walk, sing, dance, cook, breathe, laugh, dream!
- Write down at least 5 things that you like about yourself, they can be things that you are good at. Or something that you have talent for. Remember not everyone has the same qualities as you. These qualities make you unique and special. Read this often, and feel free to change it or add on!
- Remember that your ‘beauty’ is not just on the outside. Feeling confident and good about yourself projects onto others. Everyone has flaws and insecurities, these are normal. Your physical look doesn’t define who you become or what you are capable of. Beauty doesn’t create ideas or concepts to change the world. Let your inner thoughts and voice guide you.
- Look at yourself at a complete person. Don’t just look at your image in the mirror or the number on the scale. Don’t let a number define you. See yourself the way you want others to see you. Picture yourself as smart, confident, and sure of yourself and soon others will be too.
- Create a positive environment to flourish in. Surround yourself with happy, optimistic people who allow you to be you. Seek support and friends who recognize your talents, skills, and accomplishments.
- Turn off the bad thoughts. You aren’t a bad person because you had a piece of cake, or even five pieces of cake! If you have a good heart with good intentions, you can overpower negative thoughts with positive ones. So what if you indulged?! It’s okay, that happens. Instead of feeling guilty, think about something you did that affected another person positively. Remind yourself that food doesn’t become you. Don’t tear yourself down! Build yourself up with encouraging thoughts.
- Become a critical viewer of the media. These images are huge misconceptions of the typical woman. The average model is 98% thinner than the average woman. These images are unfair and create negative body image associations for women. Don’t let advertisements make you upset. Protest these messages because people are listening! Write a letter to the advertiser or talk back to the image.
- Do something nice for yourself. Appreciate everything your body has done for you. Take a nap, bubble bath, relax, have a massage, etc. Don’t spend time worrying about food, calories and weight. Take up a hobby, volunteering is a great way to reach out to others and in turn make you feel better about yourself. Make a positive change.
- Live in the moment. Take advantage of any opportunity that may present itself. You may develop a passion or a liking for something to keep you occupied.
Remember: “The beauty of life is that you don’t have to be modernly beautiful to live it.” –C.S. Lewis