Successful Body Image
By : Dr Marcelle and Dr Tony
Body Image: this topic could fill up a book. It could fill up hundreds of books.
Like we mentioned last week, perception is key, and when it comes to body image that idea takes on significant important. And truth be told, attitude is the first and the ultimate fashion accessory for looking great. So how can you look into the mirror and like what you see?
Here are a few ideas:
- Ditch the Hollywood fascination. Hollywood stars aren’t as seamless as they appear – they’re benefiting from good lighting, touched up photos and personal stylists. Success isn’t skin deep. It develops through the attitude and talents of accomplished individuals. How about reflecting the attitudes, and not necessarily the look, of the people you admire? It’s their confidence and point of view that has propelled them to success, not the thickness of their hair.
- Renew your mindset. Of course this isn’t always easy. And it can take a lot of work. Toxic mindsets influence you from a very young age. For example, did you know that a study by Dohnt & Tiggemann (2005) found that as early as six, little girls start wanting to be thinner? It’s true! As early as six we judge ourselves. Talk about shooting your foot before the race. Maybe it time for an emotional detox . . .
- Be proactive. The best part about proactively is that it makes people feel good about themselves. And when you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to feel good about how you look. Feeling good spreads into all areas of your life. Confidence is a huge influence over body image, and it needs to be fed. How can you feed your confidence? Start exercising, remember what you’re good at, share your talents with others, write a thank-you journal, forgive yourself more easily, focus on the things you love about your body, challenge yourself to excel at work . . . these are just a few ideas, do you have any more?
- Repeat, repeat, repeat! The effects of positive body image reinforcement are often short term. Maybe those old toxic mindsets are acting up again –triggered by a smirk from a stranger, a comment from a co-worker, a memory from your childhood. . . It’s vital to be proactive in building your positive perception.
- Remember, everyone has body issues. The most beautiful woman will imagine that she has too many spots on her forehead. The most dashing man will think that his arms are too hairy. My point is that you’re not alone. Try giving someone a compliment when you think they look nice. It will help both you and them feel good.
What do you think about body image issues? Do you there’s perfection in imperfection? If you have the courage, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
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