Love Your Body
Posted by Kimber Harding
June 3, 2015
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We have so many images, videos, and sound bites coming at us everywhere we turn. The media consumes our world and promotes false ideas about what we should look like. Media tells us that our appearance is what matters in life; and that the way to happiness and fulfillment lies in what we see in the mirror. Even worse than this false promise of happiness is the promotion of ideals that are fake and impossible to achieve. The beauty we so often see around us is distorted. We can bring more peace to our minds if we learn to recognize the falsity in the majority of the media we consume.
Our physical appearance shouldn't consume large amounts of our time or determine our self-esteem; we have so much more to offer
the world than our looks! Our bodies allow us to engage with the world and the people around us. They are the tools we use to accomplish all we do. It is essential to notice and appreciate all the things our bodies allow us to do as opposed to focusing on how they look. When we change our focus from how we look to how we do (a verb of action), we can enjoy life so much more! Pay attention to the thoughts that come into your head about your appearance and try to challenge them with thoughts of what your body can do. Check out this
article for more information on why seeing ourselves as an agent of our lives instead of an object is so important.
- Start focusing on what your body allows you to do in everything you do- work, relationships, exercise, etc.
- Become aware of the distorted messages that media portrays and pay attention to how you feel after viewing these advertisements. Fight them and their influence on your body image.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Push out thoughts about comparing yourself to others. Make a list of what makes you unique and what you like about your body.
- Stop fat talk in your head and when others around you fat talk, change the conversation into something positive and educate your friends, family, and co-workers about the damaging effects of fat talk. Check out this
article and this video about fat talk.
- Take a break from media and notice the difference in your outlook on life.
- Stop a negative thought about yourself when it comes into your head and replace it with a
- Be compassionate and recognize that struggles with body image are had by all genders, sizes, races and ages.
For more ideas on how to improve body image and change the definition of beauty click
Watch this Ted Talk about beauty sickness and how the media affects us. It is geared towards women, but it is a gender neutral issue:
An Epidemic of Beauty Sickness
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