Body image is a topic that is on a lot of people’s minds. Body image is both mental and emotional, it is the picture we paint in our heads when we think of how our bodies look. We don’t even have to be standing in front of a mirror to have an idea of what we look like. If you are like me and have a poor body image, then your brain will over exaggerate one of the features you dislike about yourself. It’s shocking how much one simple thought about yourself can change your entire mood completely. This goes to show the effect that our perception of body image has on our mental health.
It makes sense that if you don’t feel happy about your body image then you will lack confidence or if you have a healthy body image then you will feel confident. Having a healthy body image is accepting your body and not trying to change the way you look even if you don’t meet up to the media’s standard of beauty. If you don’t like your body or a part of your body, then it’s going to be hard to feel good about yourself as a whole.
Body image and self-esteem go hand in hand. If you don’t have a healthy body image, then your self-esteem will reflect this. By having a poor body image can lead to depression, eating disorders and other mental health problems. While trying to have a healthy body image can always seem super hard, there are small steps you can take to start to improve your perception of your body other than the usual ‘have a balanced diet’. You can dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself, take into consideration who you keep around you, are they positive and do they make you feel good about yourself? When someone compliments you, accept it and don’t question it. This is something I started to do, and I found it helped me massively. Take a compliment on board, maybe write it down and look back on it when you are feeling low. Once you start doing just little things like that then you will start to see a difference in how you perceive your body image.